The Napa High School junior varsity boys basketball team shut down Terra Linda’s prolific scorers and rolled to the Wine Valley Tournament championship Saturday night, 56-44, at Messner Gym.
The Trojans’ Beau Keeve and Kris Gamble had averaged 31 and 18.5 points in Terra Linda’s first two games of the tournament, but were held to 12 and nine, respectively.
Napa (11-3) led 18-11 after one quarter and 33-20 at halftime. The Trojans went on 10-0 run in the third quarter to pull within five points, before the Indians pulled away for good.
Indians head coach Cesar Cruz said Zach Gassner was mostly responsible for containing Keeve.
“Zach stayed low to the ground and made sure Keeve worked hard and didn’t give him space to get a shot off,” Cruz said. “Demian Diaz and Kiel Brown did a wonderful job helping on defense and closing out hard, and rebounding.”
Cruz said Gassner, who had four points, also ran the point well. Six-foot-2 Colton Forster and 6-3 Tom Salsman led the Indians with 19 and 14 points, respectively. Brown added 11 and Connor Blunt seven.
“We’re bigger and stronger than Terra Linda, so we have to get in our halfcourt sets and use our posts. We did a wonderful job of that, making a lot of 15-footers and lay-ups,” the coach said.
Forster, a freshman, was named tournament Most Valuable Player and Salsman made the All-Tournament team. Keeve was the Trojans’ All-Tournament selection.
Napa beat Petaluma in Friday night’s semifinal, 61-46, behind Salsman’s 20 points and Forster’s 14. Gassner contributed six points, Diaz had four points, 10 rebounds and three steals, and Brown added four points.
The Indians trailed 34-29 at halftime then made some adjustments.
“We went to straight-up man-to-man halfcourt defense, we executed well on offense in our halfcourt sets, and we held them to 12 points in the second half,” Cruz said. “It was a great team effort.”
On Saturday, Ukiah beat Petaluma in the third-place game, 57-41.
Vallejo won the consolation championship with a 61-33 win over Jim Elliot Christian-Lodi. Vallejo’s Jhenaro Hemingway made the All-Tournament squad.
Justin-Siena routed Sonoma Valley in the seventh-place game, 70-39. For the Braves, Reece Boles had 13 points with three 3-pointers, Clay Dunkle had 12 points, and Sam Sheekey scored 11 with three 3-pointers.