Awesome Mustangs in Their Own Summer Basketball Tournament
Basketball entered the summer last weekend when St. Vincent hosted the first Mustang Summer Jam tournament. Eight teams competed with Fortuna, Santa Rosa, Clear Lake, Rancho Cotate, Montgomery and Averroes de Fremont as well as Mustangs hosts.
The teams weren’t official and while they looked like teams that will be playing varsity games next winter, not all players have taken part and things will certainly change by the start of the season. official. Still, it was a good look for the Mustangs who beat Clear Lake, 37-36; Marin Academy 37-25 and Averroes 42-28 while losing to a very good team from Montgomery 35-27.
St. Vincent coach Tom Bonfigli was particularly pleased with his team’s effort against Montgomery.
“Montgomery is a very good team that is fundamentally strong,” he said. “We played well against them. We did a lot of things well. If I get an effort and the players do what I ask them, I’m happy.
“We are getting very good leadership from our elders – Killian Collins, Dante Antonini and Jake DeCarli. Dante really did a great defensive job on the big man from Montgomery.
Both teams performed well in Sunday’s tournament closing game, displaying not only aggressive and aggressive defense but also good offensive ball movement. Of course, it was a July game, and both teams struggled to get the ball through the hoop.
The first of the two 20-minute halves was roughly tied with Montgomery starting a seven-point run at the end to lead 18-13 at the break.
Montgomery’s size and experience shined in the second half. The Vikings built a 13-point lead as both teams cleared their benches. Rather than give in to the Viking momentum, St. Vincent retreated and closed the lead to six points at the finish.
In a generally cold shooting game, Collins had a hot hand for the Mustangs, scoring four long-range shots for 12 points.
The Montgomery game wasn’t the Mustangs’ only good outing. “I think we played well in our four games,” Bonfigli said.
St. Vincent’s opener against Clear Lake was the most exciting game of the tournament. St. Vincent led by one point with Clear Lake at the free throw line and 7.2 seconds left. The shot missed and within a few heartbeats Antonini rebounded, passed to DeCarli who found Jack Davis with a pass as he made his way to the basket to drop the ball for a Mustang win.
Antonini finished with 16 points, two of which were 3 points, one that reduced Clear Lake’s lead to 36-35, setting the stage for the game’s closing heroism.
Davis, a sophomore, scored nine points in the game and returned with nine more in the win over Marin Academy. DeCarli led the way in this game with 10 points, including a pair of 3 points. Junior Kyle Ghisletta scored five points.
The tournament was one of many changes in Saint-Vincent basketball initiated by Bonfigli, and the veteran coach was happy with the way it turned out.
“Michael Baribault put it in place and all the coaches helped,” Bonfigli said. “I thought it went exceptionally well.”