The St. Helena High varsity boys basketball team has hit a rocky stretch, losing five of its last six contests, including Tuesday night’s rout on the road. The Mustangs of Middletown stomped the reeling Saints, 70-38.
Middletown completed the North Central League I season sweep, winning by an average of 28 points in the two contests.
Leading the way for the Saints (9-12 overall, 2-7 NCL I) were Nick Jeworowski (seven points, nine rebounds), Ethan Battistini (eight points, five rebounds, two blocked shots), Collin Darrall (eight points), Christian Iano (six points), Doug Collins (four points), Jonathan Gamble (three points, three rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots), Zac Flood (two points, two rebounds) and Olie Russum (four rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots).
With five games remaining, St. Helena finds itself in a high-pressure situation, having to win four to finish with an even record and qualify for the North Coast Section playoffs. The Saints will try to secure their first of those wins with a home game against last-place Willits Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Lower Lake 49,
St. Helena 46
It was another tight league affair that went in favor of the opposition Friday night in Lower Lake as the Saints dropped their third league game, overall, by three points.
St. Helena went into halftime with a 21-19 lead, spearheaded by nine points from Jeworowski (15 points, seven rebounds) and seven points from Gamble (seven points, three assists, three steals). The Saints had their highest-scoring quarter of the game in the third, with senior Battistini netting 10 of his 13 points in the frame and the team, as a whole, posting 16. But Lower Lake matched that effort with 18, tying the score 37-37 heading into the fourth.
The Saints then broke the deadlock with four quick points from Darrall and a 3-pointer by Battistini to take a five-point lead with three minutes remaining. However, costly turnovers down the stretch stifled the momentum and Lower Lake plowed ahead to complete a season sweep of St. Helena.
Rounding out the box score for the Saints were Battistini’s three rebounds and three blocks, Russum’s four points, team-high 13 rebounds and three assists, and Iano’s three points, four rebounds and two assists.