The host Jaguars came oh-so-close on Saturday to winning the Windsor Holiday Shootout boys basketball tournament for the first time in the event’s eight-year history. However, the Jaguars fell just short, losing 55-52 in overtime to Amador Valley of Pleasanton.
“It was just a good basketball game,” Windsor coach Travis Taylor said. “I was pleased with our effort. It was a very competitive tournament.”
Windsor (9-4) came out on fire offensively and led 18-12 after the first quarter before the Dons (10-3) made defensive adjustments in the second quarter.
“We came out playing well. We were focused, moving the ball well and making shots,” Taylor said. “Amador went to a zone in the second quarter and slowed us down a bit. “
Windsor led 27-26 at halftime but trailed 38-37 after three quarters. After the tie in regulation, Windsor trailed by three points with a few seconds to play when the Jaguars’ Riley Smith stole the ball at the top of the Dons’ key and hoisted up a desperation two-point shot right before the buzzer, hoping to draw a foul, which didn’t happen. The ball hit the rim and the Jaguars’ night was over.
“Amador Valley is a really good team. They are well coached with a lot of talent and shooters everywhere,” Taylor said. “We are excited for league play” in the NBL.
Riley Smith led all scorers with 21 points and added seven rebounds.
Windsor’s Jordan Merical (17 points), Riley Smith and brother Justin Smith (7 points) were named to the all-tournament team.
Amador Valley’s Mitch Benson (13 points) led the Dons and was the tournament MVP.
Healdsburg 53, Analy 45
In the Windsor shootout’s consolation championship for fifth place, the Greyhounds (8-5) trailed 16-7 after the first quarter but blew the game open with dominate second and third quarters, outscoring the Tigers 39-16 over the span.
Analy (3-10) converted on three three-pointers in the first quarter but cooled off and only hit two threes the remainder of the game. Meanwhile, beginning in the second quarter, Healdsburg turned up the heat inside the key behind big man Trey Chapman (15 points to lead the Greyhounds) and the Tigers had no remedy to stop the Greyhounds.
Chapman was named to the all-tournament team, as was Analy’s J.J. Fain (17 points).
Novato 50, Ukiah 44
The tough times continue for the Wildcats (1-11), who went winless in the Windsor tournament. Ukiah led 35-30 after three quarters, but a disastrous fourth quarter when they were outscored 20-9 led to the loss.
Jason Carpenter of Novato (6-6) was selected for the all-tournament team.
Deer Valley 74, Fortuna 63
In the third-place game, the Wolverines (8-4) of Antioch defeated the Huskies (4-7) by winning the fourth quarter 27-12.
Jacob Long led Deer Valley with 22 points (six three-pointers) and was named to the all-tournament team.
Drew Gillette led Fortuna with 21 points (four three-pointers) and was also named to the all-tournament team.
Sonoma County Classic
In Saturday’s final of the 36th annual edition of the boys tournament hosted by Piner, the Redwood Empire was not represented. Instead, Cardinal Newman and Piner were immersed in a battle for third place.