s
s
Sections
Sections
Subscribe
You've read 3 of 10 free articles this month.
Get unlimited access to Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app starting at just 99 cents per month!
Already a subscriber?
You've read 6 of 10 free articles this month.
Get unlimited access to Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app starting at just 99 cents per month!
Already a subscriber?
We hope you've enjoyed reading your 10 free articles this month.
Continue reading with unlimited access to Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app starting at just 99 cents per month!
Already a subscriber?
We've got a special deal for readers like you!
Get unlimited access to Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app starting at just 99 cents per month, and support community journalism!
Already a subscriber?
Thanks for your interest in award-winning community journalism! To get more of it, why not subscribe?
Get unlimited access to Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app starting at just 99 cents per month, and support community journalism!
Already a subscriber?
Want to keep reading? Take the next step by subscribing today!
Starting at just 99 cents per month, you can keep reading Petaluma360.com, the Argus-Courier e-edition and our mobile app, and support local journalism!
Already a subscriber?

Trojans earn bragging rights

X

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Login

X

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

LoginSubscribe

“That felt like a playoff game,” said Petaluma High School boys basketball coach Scott Behrs.

In a sense, his Trojans and Casa Grande’s Gauchos were playing for something even bigger than a playoff win when they clashed Tuesday night in Casa’s Coach Ed Iacopi Gymnasium. They were playing for pride.

Not to draw out the suspense for those who don’t know, Petaluma won, 61-49.

As the season progresses, the score will be all that remains, but for those who were there and especially for the players and coaches the elation of victory and the pain of defeat will linger as they move through a season that still holds the promise of success for both teams.

Tuesday night, the intensity on the court was matched by the passion in the stands as rooting sections from both sides fogged the gym in good-natured enthusiasm.

Ultimately, the difference in a game that was closer than the final score indicates, was Petaluma’s ability to take advantage of its size difference by consistently feeding big men David Gottschall (6-feet, 2-inches) and Jack Anderson (6-4). Each scored 24 points.

“That’s the Jack Anderson I know and love,” Behrs said, adding, “Devin played Petaluma basketball.”

On the other side, junior Garrett Siebels seemed to be, at times particularly in the second half, the entire Casa Grande offense. He finished with 20 points. Noah Bailey also had some big hits for Casa, ending with 12 points.

Charity played a big part in the game, with Casa a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line in the first half, but not going to the line at all in the second.

Petaluma was 18-for-22 for the game, with the vast majority of the trips warranted as the Gauchos struggled to contain Gottschall and Anderson, who combined to go 15-for-16 from free land.

Trojan depth was also a factor. Playmaker Trey Davis and outside threat Whittaker Ellis both were confined to the bench for long periods because of fouls. Robbie Isetta and Justin Wolbert both provided valuable minutes. Wing Brendan O’Neill provided important ball-handling abilities.

Arguing well for the Gaucho future, sophomores Tony Sabella and Taiju Grant made key contributions to the Casa cause.

Gottschall accounted for Petaluma’s first six points, and a quick 6-3 lead, and the Trojans never trailed from that point, although Casa kept things tense right up to the closing minutes.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Gauchos closed the gap to seven (47-40), but Gottschall dashed Casa dreams of a comeback with a 3-pointer. A couple of minutes later, Anderson added a trey of his own and the suspense was over.

“We finally played up-tempo for an entire game,” said Behrs. “We were finally able to pull away when we had a lead.”

“They executed a whole lot better than we did,” noted Casa Grande coach Jake Lee. “We spent so much effort on our offense, that we made mistakes on defense.”

Neither team can afford to reflect too much on the outcome. Petaluma, now 3-3 on the season, travels to Napa on Friday to play Vintage, a team that will be with them in a new league next season. Casa Grande, now 1-5, hosts its Brett Callan Memorial Tournament this weekend, opening against Analy on Thursday at 8 p.m.

In Tuesday’s exciting preliminary game, Petaluma held off a determined Casa Grande junior varsity team, 54-48.