Petaluma High's boys basketball team continued its climb up the improvement hill and was rewarded with its first win of the season last week in the Fred Iten Tournament in Ukiah.
The Trojans were pretty well handled by host Ukiah in its first tournament game, losing, 62-31. Sophomore guard Ryan Cox, a tournament-long standout out for the Trojans, led Petaluma with seven points, with Joe Lynch and Bryce Kawaguchi adding six apiece and Justin Mahrt scoring four.
Although they didn't win, the Trojans played much better in their second tournament game, losing to San Lorenzo, 49-39. Petaluma was within two points of San Lorenzo until late in the fourth quarter. Lynch had a huge game for the Trojans, scoring 19 points. Ben Sanderson added five, Thomas Swanson four and Cox, Brandon Marweg and Kawaguchi three apiece.
"We were still plagued with turning the ball over and giving up offensive rebounds," noted Petaluma coach John Behrs.
Petaluma improved in both areas in their third tournament game and was rewarded with its first victory of the season, a 45-40 win over Fort Bragg.
Molinari led the Trojans with 14 points, including a big 3-point connection that put the Petalumans ahead to stay with about a minute left in the game. Lynch continued his strong inside play with 12 points, with Cox scoring 10 and Sanderson five.
Behrs was pleased with the improved ball security and also noted the play of sophomore Cox, who moved up to the varsity because of injuries to several of the Petaluma guards.