The St. Helena High School boys basketball team got back into the win column Friday night, defeating visiting Willits, 72-44. The Saints are now 10-12 overall, 3-7 in the North Central League I.
The first quarter was a back and forth affair until Collin Darrall (15 points, three steals) knocked down a three-pointer and then followed that up with a three-point play, hitting his free throw after being fouled on a made shot. The first quarter ended with the Saints up 15-9.
In the second quarter, the Saints’ leading scorer, Ethan Battistini (22 points, nine rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots) scored nine points and Christian Iano (15 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals) connected on two 3-pointers, as the Saints scored 20 points in the quarter to take a 35-19 lead going into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Saints erupted for 25 points, their highest scoring output in a quarter this season. Battistini led the charge, knocking down two 3’s and scoring 12 points in the quarter. Stephen Collins (three points, two assists, two steals, one blocked shot) and Jonathan Gamble (five points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal) also connected from the field in the quarter, to give the Saints a 61-29 lead to start the fourth quarter.
Also playing well for the Saints were Nick Jeworowski (four points, 10 rebounds, one steal, one blocked shot), Olie Russum (six points, four rebounds, two assists, three steals), Zac Flood (two rebounds), Kostas Kelperis (one rebound, two blocked shots), and Doug Collins (one rebound, one assist).
Sir Francis Drake 33, Justin-Siena 17
Cole Cummings scored seven points, and John Nessman and Barrett Donohoe contributed three points each to lead the Braves (10-13 overall, 3-9 Marin County Athletic League) on Saturday night against Sir Francis Drake, which is tied for first place in the Marin County Athletic League.
Vacaville 59, Napa 46
Stephen Blume (10 points), Joe Carnazola (nine points), Zach Swim (eight points), Charles Gravett (five points, three steals), Danny Ruiz (four points), and Tatsu Nakaima (three steals) led Napa (9-15 overall, 2-5 Monticello Empire League).