The Sonoma County League Boys Basketball race continues to have a “Thrill a night.” With the race now basically two thirds done, four teams are now within one game of each other in the loss column.
Every night there seems to be a game that turns the race closer. On Monday Night it was No. 6 Piner defeating No. 2 Analy 57-47. Scott Erickson and Jace Foster each scored 19 points. The big quarter was the third when Piner outscored Analy 19-9 to take control.
Analy went into the night in first place. Because the league has seven teams there is always one team with a bye, so the teams haven’t played the same amount of games. Piner has played one more game than Analy and Petaluma and that is the difference in the race. Piner sits at 7-2 with Analy and Petaluma sitting a half game back at 6-2. Still right there is Healdsburg at 6-3.

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Healdsburg center Landon Courtman lays one in vs Elsie Allen last week. the hounds are still in the thick of the crazy SCL race.

No. 5 Petaluma and No. 8 Healdsburg each won to keep pace with the top.
Petaluma edged Sonoma Valley 49-47. Joey Potts was fouled going for a rebound with 1.6 left and then hit two free throws to win the game. It was Potts ninth and tenth points of the night. Ryan Perez led Petaluma with a game high 20 points. Max Gustafson scored 12 of his team high 16 points in the fourth quarter for Sonoma Valley.
Sonoma Valley has gotten the raw end of the deal on this close race. They are now 7-16 overall and 2-7 in league play. This is the third league game they have lost by five points or less, one of them was in OT to Analy.
Healdsburg didn’t have as much of a problem in their 52-34 win over El Molino. Juan Aguilar scored 15 points and pulled down eleven rebounds. It is Aguilar’s twelfth double-double of the season.
Healdsburg has won four straight and is now 15-7 on the season.
The next chapter of this race is on Wednesday and it will be a big one. The four teams that are a game a part all meet with Piner at Petaluma and Healdsburg at Analy. If that isn’t enough for you, on Friday, Analy is at Petaluma. The home teams have won every matchup between the leaders so far in the race. If that holds true this week- advantage Petaluma.
The extra loss for Healdsburg was a home loss to Elsie Allen.
We got some comments and questions about the Power Rankings. The main question was how Team A can be ahead a Team B, when Team B defeated them head to head. Head to head doesn’t have a big effect in the Power Rankings, which are done by a computer.
What I do is go through the North Coast Section power rankings, which are at Max Preps and pick out the local teams. I can’t say I understand why the NCL I seems to have such power, but that is what it says.
I also go to a Top Twenty to get more teams in.
The power rankings were updated Monday and don’t include the Monday Night games.
No. 1 Windsor (Last Week No. 1)
No. 2 Cloverdale (2)
No. 3 Cardinal Newman (5)
No. 4 Kelseyville (3)
No. 5 Fort Bragg (4)
No. 6 Analy (6)
No. 7 Montgomery (7)
No. 8 Santa Rosa (11)
No. 9 Roseland University Prep (10)
No.10 Archbishop Hanna (12)
No. 11 Clear Lake (8)
No. 12 Petaluma (9)
No. 13 St. Vincent (13)
No. 14 Healdsburg (14)
No. 15 Lower Lake (15)
No. 16 Ukiah (16)
No. 17 Rio Lindo Adventist (17)
No. 18 Piner (19)
No. 19 Anderson Valley (18)
No. 20 Mendocino (20)
Besides the SCL Boys on Monday Night, there were NBL Girl games. For the most part they went to script. The only one that didn’t was Ukiah dominating the second half in a 46-34 win over No. 2 Santa Rosa.
That result does two things.
The first was tightening things up for the NBL post season tournament spots. Santa Rosa is still in second place at 7-3, but their lead over Montgomery and Ukiah is down to one game. Casa Grande sits at 5-5 and is one game behind Montgomery and Ukiah for that final NBL post season tournament spot.
Montgomery is the only one of those four teams that is finished with Cardinal Newman.
That leads to the other thing that the Santa Rosa loss did and that was put No. 1 Cardinal Newman on the verge of the league championship.
The Cardinals won on Monday night and now have a three game lead with four to go. They can, at the very least, clinch a tie for the league championship on Wednesday with a home win over Ukiah. If Santa Rosa losses to Maria Carrillo, that would give them the title outright. If Santa Rosa wins the Wednesday game, Cardinal Newman would have to wait for Friday when they go to Maria Carrillo.
The Cardinal Newman- Ukiah game is the start of a big 24 hours for Ukiah in its battle for a NBL Post Season berth. On Thursday they host Casa Grande.
No. 1 Cardinal Newman (Last Week No. 1)
No. 2 Montgomery (2)
No. 3 Middletown (4)
No. 4 Kelseyville (3)
No. 5 Santa Rosa (6)
No. 6 Cloverdale (5)
No. 7 Sonoma Acedemy (9)
No. 8 Ukiah (7)
No. 9 Sonoma Valley (12)
No. 10 Casa Grande (8)
No. 11 Healdsburg (10)
No. 12 Analy (11)
No. 13 Rancho Cotate (15)
No. 14 Windsor (13)
No. 15 Clear Lake (14)
No. 16 Maria Carrillo (17)
No. 17 Lower Lake (16)
No. 18 Fort Bragg (18)
No. 19 Upper Lake (NR)
No. 20 Willits (NR)
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