By Kyle Foster
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
On Saturday’s final day of the Wine Valley tournament Napa, and Vintage each faced a Vallejo school in back-to-back games. One Napa Valley Unified school got a win, and the other lost.
Vintage beats Vallejo to win consolation
Vintage stunned Vallejo with a 57-50 in the consolation game — the win gave the Crushers a fifth–place finish in the tournament.
After their first two games all of a sudden it looks as though something has clicked for the Crushers (2-2), and coach Rob Johnson is happy that that is the case.
“As a coach, and as a program we hope it gets to click for everybody, so hopefully they’re feeling the freedom, and the belief in them, and hopefully that breeds more confidence in their shot, breeds more confidence in communication, and on our defense, so it’s all what we’ve been preaching and as coaches we just have been patient, and it’s working out, but like anything we never get too high, we never get too low, we look at our next opponent and keep moving,” he said.
Abraham Cortes led Vintage with 14 points, and two rebounds — David Fernandez added 12 points with four rebounds — also adding to the effort was Damian Alfaro who added 11 points with three rebounds.
“Awesome,” Johnson explained of Cortes, and Fernandez’s shooting. “Abraham came in with a lot of energy, and we need that from him, because he has that, and like I said yesterday when we talked, I see all this everyday you know, we see it as a staff, and so to have that in the game and come out excited, and a lot of confidence versus a very aggressive Vallejo team, so that was great to see.”
The Vallejo (2-2) fullcourt press didn’t bother the Crushers too terribly much on the day, as they were breaking it with ease each time down the floor.
“No, it was ok,” Johnson explained of the Redhawk press. “I felt like, and I know that we’ll see press a lot this year, so our guys are getting more and more comfortable with it, and we’re just going to keep growing from it.”
The Crushers will visit Pioneer-Woodland next Tuesday at 7 P.M. — Pioneer finished seventh in the Wine Valley with a route of Delta in the day’s first game — Vallejo will host Vacaville Tuesday at 7 P.M.
Indians lose closely contested game with Bethel
The third–place game saw host Napa lose to Bethel-Vallejo 46-43.
It was a game where there was seemingly a lid on the basket preventing the Indians (2-2) from knocking down their shots.
“We had a lot of layups missed, some jump shots go in and out, and just one of those days where it’s like there’s a cap on the rim,” Napa coach Zack Cook explained of all the missed shots. “We didn’t play great, so all credit to Bethel, we didn’t play well enough to win the game.”
Mitch Hippauf led the Indians (2-2) with 14 points, and 16 rebounds — Zach Swim added 10 points with four boards, while Joe Carnazola added six points with 12 rebounds.
“We talked to him before the game, we talked about some things and just being more aggressive and active, and he definitely rose to the occasion, and we’re really happy with how he played,” Cook added on the Hippauf their senior center.
The Indians will next host Sonoma Valley Tuesday at 7 P.M. — it’s a matchup of soon-to-be league rivals after this school year. Bethel (2-1) will travel to Rodriguez-Cordelia on Tuesday, the game will start at 7 P.M.
“They’re really well coached,” Cook added on the Dragons. “Mike Boles does a great job with them, they run their offense really well, they defend really well in the half court man, they don’t make mistakes, they don’t beat themselves, so it’ll be another good game.”