Casa Grande High School's boys basketball team held off a Petaluma third-quarter challenge to pull out a 52-36 win in a people-packed Petaluma High School gym Tuesday night.
The game was an intense contest of defense and wills from tip to final buzzer, with Casa Grande having enough shooting and rebounding advantage to turn back the upset-minded Trojans.
Despite intense defensive scrutiny by the Trojans, Casa Grande shooting guard Cetrick Yeanay found enough open space to drop in 15 points for the Gauchos, He also dished off five assists.
Forward Kyle Kaupe added 10 points, getting them all in the second half, while Aaron Dal Poggetto scored eight and Francis Christy seven, most in the first half. Kaupe also had 12 rebounds, Christy scored eight and Jake Ielmorini five for the Gauchos. Point guard Tyler Nadolski passed off seven assists.
Guard Clay Swanson, despite spending long stretches on the bench in foul trouble, led Petaluma with 13 points, while teammate Eric Hunsicker, at times a lone Trojan voice on the backboards, added 12 and a ton of rebounds.
Casa Grande, with Yeanay and Nadolski hitting key 3-pointers, managed to build a 27-17 halftime lead.
Petaluma, behind the inside work of Hunsicker and a 3-point connection and a driving hoop by Swanson, cut the lead to 34-28 before the Gauchos were able to regain control on another big 3-point hit by Yeanay and four points from Aaron Dal Paggetto early in the fourth period.
First-year Petaluma coach John Behrs was pleased with the Trojans despite the scoreboard outcome.
"We played hard," he said. "I was happy with our effort. Casa Grande has a great program and we made them work for it (the win)."
Casa Grande coach James Forni said the Gauchos were rusty. "We haven't played a game in 10 days and it showed," he said. "We were really sloppy.
"We knew Petaluma would be tough. You throw the records out in this game. You know both teams are going to pull out all the stops."
Casa Grande is now 3-1 on the season, with a game coming up Saturday at Redwood High School in Larkspur.
Petaluma is now 1-4 and coming back Thursday to play at Rancho Cotate.
For complete game story, see Thursday's Argus-Courier.
Press Democrat Poll
What type of warning did you receive about last October’s fires? (Multiple responses allowed)
Official alert on my landline: 5 percent
Official alert on my cellphone: 17 percent
Neighbor warned me: 14 percent
Family member or friend warned me: 28 percent
Police or fire came to my home to warn me: 5 percent
None: 43 percent
Don’t know: 1 percent
In the future, how would you like to be notified about a fire or other impending disaster?
Phone call: 31 percent
Text message: 30 percent
Email: 1 percent
Air raid siren: 28 percent
Other (specify): 7 percent
Don’t know: 3 percent
Do you think Sonoma County is more prepared today to warn you about fires or disasters than it was last year?
Yes: 54 percent
No: 31 percent
Don’t know: 15 percent
SOURCE: The Press Democrat Poll/David Binder Research