Healdsburg is No. 1 seed in NBL tourney this week
The varsity basketball Greyhounds locked up their second straight league title and first in the inaugural North Bay League Redwood Division on Friday, cruising past host Elsie Allen, 64-37.
The win, coupled with a 60-45 victory over visiting El Molino three nights earlier, gave Healdsburg a final regular season mark of 8-2 and 19-5 overall, one game up on second place Maria Carrillo.
In a season where nothing seemed to come easily, the title may have been even sweeter the second time around.
“This one, compared to last year, was a bit more challenging,” Hounds coach Yasha Mokaram said. “Our team has faced multiple key injuries and has seen some significant contributors miss time during league play. Because of that we have had some trouble finding consistency in league. I’m very proud of our team for figuring out a way to bring this pennant home despite those challenges.”
The Greyhounds will now turn their attention to the postseason, beginning this week in the NBL tournament as No. 1 seeded Healdsburg plays host to No. 4 Ukiah on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. The winner will face the survivor of No. 2 Maria Carrillo versus No. 3 Rancho Cotate on Friday, Feb. 8 (time and location TBD).
Healdsburg is also a lock to land a good seed in the North Coast Section playoffs, which start next week.
Hounds close it out
The Greyhounds played host to El Molino on Senior Night on Jan. 30, paying tribute to graduating veterans Trey Chapman, Luis Casas and Nick Zichichi in a pre-game ceremony. The Lions raced out of the gate to grab a 20-9 first-quarter lead, but the Hounds clawed back to cut the deficit to 26-19 at the half. The Hounds owned the second half, outscoring the Lions, 44-19 in the final two periods in powering to a 60-45 win. Pacing the attack were Chapman (21 points, 19 rebounds) and Dylan Hayman (22 points, 9 rebounds).
Healdsburg traveled to Elsie Allen on Friday needing a win for the outright NBL title and did just that, doubling up the Lobos for a 30-15 halftime cushion en route to a 64-37 romp.
Chapman led the way with 19 points and 15 rebounds, while other top scorers included Brian Garcia (10 points), Willem Ridder (11 points) and Xzavier Vasquez (7 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists).