Petaluma and Casa Grande high school boys basketball teams collide this evening in the second round of Casa's Brett Callan Memorial Tournament being played in the Coach Ed Iacopi Gymnasium. Unfortunately for the local teams, it is not at a time they would have preferred.
The Trojans meet at 5 p.m., in a losers' bracket game, while their conquerors, Washington from San Francisco and Alameda, square off in the featured winners' bracket game at 8 p.m.
Petaluma let a 10-point first half lead slip away against Washington and was beaten, 46-42.
Shooting guard Max Sugaya led the Washington Eagles second-half surge and finished with 13 points, while Derek Pham added 11.
For Petaluma, post player Eric Hunsicker was the game's dominant inside player, leading all scorers with 16 points. Guard Noah Forrey almost single handily at times, kept the Trojans hopeful in the second half, and finished with 13 points.
Sloppy Casa Grande ball handling helped Alameda's Hornets surprise the host Gauchos, 64-54.
Casa Grande trailed just 34-28 at the half, but committed nine turnovers during the third period to fall behind 53-44 and was not able to come back during the final period.
Post player Sam Kunz and Keelan Doss worked inside for the Hornets with Kunz scoring 18 points and Doss 15. Guard Victor Verduzco also scored 15.
Casa Grande shooting guard Cetrick Yeaney warmed up in the late going, hitting five 3-pointers to lead the Gauchos with 19 points. Senior Jake Ielmorini was all over the court for the Gauchos, scoring 10 points, grabbing three rebounds, dishing off six assists and making five steals. Kyle Kaupe and Jon Christy each had 11 assists.
In other first-round games, Windsor defeated Elsie Allen, 59-44, and Fairfield beat Albany, 64-46.
Today, Elsie Allen plays Albany at 3:30 p.m., the Petaluma vs. Casa Grande game is at 5 p.m., Windsor takes on Fairfield at 6:30 p.m. and Washington and Alameda meet at 8 p.m.
For complete tournament report, see Thursday's Argus-Courier.