Mustangs dominate Wildcats to claim tourney title

The opponent for the St. Vincent High School boys team in the championship game of the Dave Castleberry North Central League II Tournament was a surprise — the result was not.

Calistoga shocked league champion and No. 1 seed Rincon Valley Christian, 51-44, in the tournament semifinals to earn a spot against the Mustangs in the championship shootout.

Although they struggled a bit down the stretch, the Mustangs pretty much dominated the gutsy and energetic Wildcats, winning in their home DeCarli gym, 59-48.

Playing before a politely riotous crowd that included a bus load of vocal Calistoga rooters, the Mustangs scored the game's first six points and never trailed, although the Wildcats made the trip worthwhile for their fans with a fourth-period rally that made things interesting and elongated the game, but never seriously threatened the Mustangs.

St. Vincent's 6-foot, 3-inch junior Zach Pierson was the game's dominant player, scoring seemingly at will and mostly limiting the Wildcats to one shot per possession. He finished with a game-high 24 points and a bundle of rebounds. Teammates Mitch Sheppard and Evan Knight added nine each to lead balanced support.

Dakota Bohn led Calistoga with 14.

For complete game details see Thursday's Petaluma Argus-Courier.

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