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Sonoma season ended by No. 1 Tigers

Senior Jack Murphy looks to make a pass during the Dragon boys’ earlier SCL loss to league champion Analy in Pfeiffer Gym. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

Senior Jack Murphy looks to make a pass during the Dragon boys’ earlier SCL loss to league champion Analy in Pfeiffer Gym. Bill Hoban/Index-Tribune

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A couple of late-regular-season stumbles cost Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity basketball boys a possible second- or third-place Sonoma County League finish, dropping them into fourth place and the fourth seed for the annual postseason SCL Tournament. This meant a third meeting with top-seeded champion Analy.

After the opening tip of Tuesday night’s SCL Tourney opening-round game in Sebastopol, the Dragons must have felt like they were having a “Groundhog Day” experience when, for the third straight game, they fell into a first-quarter quagmire that produced only two points, and enabled Analy to race out to a 16-2 lead.

Though Sonoma finally worked its way out of the offensive bog and scored a dozen second-quarter points, the Tigers tallied 13 for a 15-point halftime advantage and coasted through the second half toward a 60-32 win.

The loss eliminated the Sonoma boys from the SCL Tourney, as well as ending their season with an 8-18 record, and it marked the final game in the prep hoops careers of seniors Vinny Albano, Andy Chavez, Jack Murphy, Brian Ruiz and Jesse Summers.

Pacing the Dragons were Summers’ 16 points and four rebounds; junior Cyle Gusse’s four points, six rebounds and one block; Albano’s four points, three rebounds, two steals and one block; junior Tristan Mertens’ four points; junior Ryan Wilbanks’ two points, three rebounds and one block; sophomore Edwin Reyes’ two points; senior Jack Murphy’s four rebounds and two assists; and junior Trevor Welch’s three rebounds.

Rounding out the Sonoma varsity boys’ postseason roster – directed by head coach Dennis Housman and assistant coaches Drue Jacobs and John Ratshin – were juniors Noe Baron, Thomas Crumly, Ryan Fisher and Alex Gustafson; and sophomore Kevin Hurtado, who, with Reyes, were recent call-ups from the junior varsity Dragons.