The St. Helena High varsity boys basketball team leaned on its length and depth and routed an undermanned Calistoga team, 69-34, in the opening round of the eight-team Sutter Home Classic last Thursday night, Nov. 30, in St. Helena.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead, countering St. Helena 2-pointers with 3-pointers as Alexis Cortez (nine points, two assists, two steals) shot 2 of 4 from distance in the first quarter.
But St. Helena’s offense settled in and the ball movement picked up, totaling 13 assists on the night. Ethan Battistini (14 points, nine rebounds, two assists) and Ryan Rockwood (one point, six rebounds, two assists) also began controlling the glass and helped the Saints gain a 24-7 rebounding advantage at halftime and a 44-13 tally by the final buzzer.
The Saints (1-0) led by 12 points after the first quarter, 40-23 at the half, and 56-30 heading into the fourth.
The home team went to their bench early and often, and got strong play from Nick Jeworowski, who had a game-high 17 points (6 for 6 from the field), and Collin Darrell (12 points). Thirteen players saw action for St. Helena.
Cesar Ayala led the seven-man Wildcats (0-2) on offense with 13 points. Pablo Escalante had six points on two 3-pointers, two assists and two rebounds. The offense was 9 of 43 (21 percent) from the field, 6 of 22 (27 percent) from distance, and went 7 for 14 at the free-throw line. The turned it over 13 times.
The Saints finished 27 of 52 (52 percent) from the field, shot 3 of 14 (21 percent) from 3-point range, and went 12 for 23 (52 percent) at the free throw line. They also turned it over 16 times.
On Friday, Calistoga played El Molino in the consolation bracket. Results from that contest and the Wildcats’ final tournament game Saturday were unavailable at print deadline.
College Men’s Basketball
Two straight losses for PUC
The Pacific Union College men’s basketball team has lost its last two games, falling to host Menlo College in Atherton, 86-54, and The Master’s University of Santa Clarita, Calif., 92-74, in Angwin. Both were nonconference games.
In the loss to Menlo, the Pioneers were led by Brandon Franklin (11 points, three rebounds), Jayson Marquez (10 points), Rae Hubbard (nine points, three rebounds, two assists), Dreymon Jones (six points), Jeremiah Blandin (four rebounds), Devon Pinnock (three assists), Julien Boyd (three rebounds), and Noel Briones (three rebounds).
In the loss to The Master’s, the Pioneers were led by Chris Camper (22 points on 7-of-17 shooting, 4-of-8 from three-point distance, five rebounds, two steals), Hubbard (15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, 3-of-4 from three-point range, six rebounds, four assists), Blandin (13 points, six rebounds, two blocks), Marquez (12 points, five rebounds, four assists), Pinnock (five points), Joseph Scott (six rebounds), Briones (two assists), and Franklin (two assists).
Pacific Union (1-4 overall) continues its season on Dec. 15 with a non-conference game at Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont.