For the second Saturday in a row, Montgomery’s boys basketball team had to settle for second place in a holiday tournament.
Last weekend, the Vikings lost to the host team in the final of the Arcata Tournament. On Saturday night in the championship game of the Brett Callan Memorial Tournament at Casa Grande, they were beaten by Miramonte, 73-36.
Montgomery hung in early against the superior Matadors (7-1) and trailed 15-13 after one quarter. However, by halftime the score was 37-21.
“Miramonte is big, physical and executes well,” Vikings coach Zac Tiedeman said. “They took us out of our game and were just too tough.”
Tiedeman also thought the third game in three days took its toll in the second half when the Vikings scored only 15 points.
Lane Young was the top scorer for Montgomery with 12 points and Evan Poulsen added 10. Young and teammate Hayden Lee were named to the all-tournament team.
Miramonte’s Eddie Ionescu led all scorers with 21 points and was named most valuable player.
Montgomery (5-4) will wind up playing five games in six days. On Monday the Vikings travel to De Anza. Tuesday, they visit San Marin.
CASA GRANDE 46, PETALUMA 43
In the third-place game, the Gauchos avenged an earlier loss at the hands of the Trojans.
When the schools met Dec. 1, Petaluma prevailed, 61-49.
The Trojans had a chance to win this game in the final seconds when, with his team trailing by a point, Ryan Perez stole the ball and went in for a layup. The ball dipped halfway down the basket and popped out.
Following two Casa free throws, Perez’s 3-point shot at the buzzer hit the back of the rim and bounced out.
Casa’s Robbie Sheldon led all scorers with 14 points, one more than teammate JJ Anderson. Both made the all-tournament team.
Colin Stremlau led the Trojans attack with 11. Ryan Cox and Perez finished with 10 apiece. Petaluma made only 2 of 16 from 3-point territory.
ANALY 57, CARDINAL NEWMAN 46
Aidan Toner-Rodgers scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half as the Tigers captured the consolation championship.
The junior drained five 3-point shots in the first half as Analy assumed a 34-26 lead at intermission.
Newman is the first team to hold the Tigers to under 61 points. They came into the game averaging 72.
“Newman played zone and slowed us down,” Tigers coach Brett Page said. “Still, we shot the ball well.
“This was a good win for us. Even without two of their top guys (Connor Rubattino and Damian Wallace) they’re still a tough team.
“I feel good about how we played in the tournament. We faced two strong programs and played good ball.”
Toner-Rodgers and Nick Fujii were selected to the all-tournament team. Toner-Rodgers averaged 25 points in the three games. Fujii averaged 11 and scored 10 against Newman.
For Newman, Cody Baker had 18 points. He also made all-tourney.
Analy is 7-1 while Cardinal Newman is 3-3.
In other tournament play Saturday:
MISSION PREP 53, WINDSOR 52