Local Report: Napa boys basketball team rallies to stun Washington in OT at tournament


The Napa High boys basketball team pulled out an unbelievable comeback win over Washington in the Casa Grande tournament Friday night in Petaluma, rallying to defeat the Eagles of San Francisco in overtime, 56-54.

After falling behind 23-3 in the first quarter, and trailing by double digits until late in the fourth, the Indians (5-5) made a furious comeback to send it to overtime and eventually win 56-54.

Napa was led by Joe Carnazola with 17 points and nine rebounds, Danny Ruiz with 12 points and three assists, and Mitch Hippauf with eight points and 10 rebounds. Brock Bowers played well in crunch time, the freshman providing four points, four rebounds and three assists.

Rounding out the Napa scoring were Alex Kokotas and Sammy Morales with five points each, and Vince O’Kelley with two.

Napa plays in the consolation championship Saturday against Friday’s Del Campo-Analy winner.

On Thursday, Napa hung in with Windsor for a half, going to the break with just a 10-point deficit. But the Jaguars came out in the third quarter and took it to the Indians, beating them in every facet of the game en route to a 73-38 win.

For Napa, Charles Gravett had eight points and four rebounds, O’Kelley eight points and three rebounds, and Ruiz seven points.

Seven games into the season and the Wolves still haven’t had a winning or losing streak.

Continuing a pattern of winning every other game, they routed the Panthers in the first round of the Mark Madsen Invitational at San Ramon Valley High.

Malik Ghiden and Cameron Williams led the American Canyon (4-3) with 15 points each. John Wade had 14, Tyler Simms 12, Anthony Bitanga-Nguyen eight, and Davin Lusung seven.

The Wolves took on San Ramon Valley (3-3), a 55-43 winner Thursday over Pitman of Turlock, in Friday night’s semifinals.

“We will have our hands full,” American Canyon head coach Brett Wedding said. “This is a big-time tournament.”

The Wolves were coming off a 1-2 faring in the Cardinal Classic at Lowell High in San Francisco last weekend.

They opened with a 55-47 loss to Urban that saw Ghiden score 19 points, Williams 10 and Lusung eight. They came back with a 49-43 win over Terra Nova, as Ghiden had 11 points and Williams seven. In the fifth-place game, Ghiden scored a season-high 24 points in a 72-69 loss to Carlmont. Lusung added nine, and Oliver Aandahl and Wade each scored eight.

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