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Sonoma boys mauled by Tigers

Sonoma’s Cyle Gusse (left) and Vinny Albano (right) try and come up with a loose ball during the Dragon boys’ SCL loss to first-place defending champion Analy Friday night in Pfeiffer Gym. Bill Hoban/ Index-Tribune

Sonoma’s Cyle Gusse (left) and Vinny Albano (right) try and come up with a loose ball during the Dragon boys’ SCL loss to first-place defending champion Analy Friday night in Pfeiffer Gym. Bill Hoban/ Index-Tribune

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Having beaten four of five teams in the first half of the 12-game Sonoma County League season, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity basketball boys were only one game out of first place and had the opportunity last Thursday in Pfeiffer Gym to host the one SCL team they had left to play.

Unfortunately, it was first-place defending champion Analy, which didn’t waste any time in showing why it’s won a string of SCL titles by using the depth, talent and athleticism that separates it from the rest of the seven-team league to race out to a 14-5 first-quarter lead and never letting the Dragons back into the game.

After their early game dominance, the visiting Tigers remained aggressive at both ends of the court and coasted to a 53-30 win over the Sonoma boys, who were paced by senior Jesse Summers’ 11 points and three rebounds; senior Vinny Albano’s five points and four steals; junior Noe Baron’s four points and four rebounds; senior Andy Chavez’s four points; junior Ryan Wilbanks’ two points and three rebounds; juniors Thomas Crumly and Trevor Welch’s two points each; and ; junior Tristan Mertens’ three steals.

With the loss, the Dragons have a 4-2 record after the first half of SCL play and, after tonight’s bye, will have the daunting task of facing Analy in a quick rematch to begin the final league six-game stretch at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Jan. 30, in Sebastopol, followed by a return home to host El Molino Tuesday, Feb. 4.

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Sonoma’s jayvee hoops hosted a perennially strong Analy team last Thursday and dropped a 63-44 decision. kept up their winning ways of late by turning in an inspiring rally-from-behind performance in nipping visiting Elsie Allen 46-45 on Tuesday.

Pacing the Dragon jayvees were sophomore Spencer McNairy’s 21 points; sophomore Max Yankovich’s six points, four rebounds and twso steals; sophomore Edwin Reyes’ five points, four steals and three assists; sophomore Travis Claeys’ four points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals; and junior Christian Jimenez and sophomore Joe Peterson’s four points each.

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Sonoma’s frosh hoops boys turned in an inspiring team effort in posting a 38-33 home victory over always strong Analy, giving their coach Jon Severson his first-ever victory over the Tigers as both a former SVHS player and a coach.

Leading the frosh Dragons were Eric Bailey’s double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds; and Nazier Lyle’s nine points, Colton Mertens’ seven, Japhy Koch’s six and Luke Severson’s five.