Dons Varsity Takes Two of Three in San Rafael Tourney

The Dons took home the consolation prize over the weekend in their first tourney of the season.  In the opening game of the San Rafael Tournament, the Dons started slowly against a quick and sharp shooting Santa Rosa squad and trailed 14-9 after the first quarter. The deficit widened in the second quarter, with the Dons down 27-16 at intermission. Continuing to be plagued by turnovers, the Dons trailed by 19 in the second half.  The Dons stormed back and after senior guard Ben Lauer hit a free throw, Santa Rosa’s lead was down to just five points.  The game would not get any closer though, as the Dons lost 60-54.  Senior guard Ian Archer led the Dons with 20 points, sophomore forward Joe Carillo had 13, and sophomore guard Jackson Aris-Dumas had 8.

The Dons bounced back in the second game against San Domenico.  The Dons led 13-5 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 26-15 at halftime and cruised to a 52-28 victory. Sophomore guard Scott Ruegg led the Dons with 13 points, with Archer adding 9.  10 players scored for the Dons.

Acalanes then faced American Canyon for the consolation championship. American Canyon jumped out to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter. The Dons played American Canyon even in the second quarter but still trailed by 9 at half.  Behind a strong defensive effort, the Dons allowed only 5 points in the third quarter.  On the offensive end Ruegg scored 10 points in a row and recorded 15 points in the third quarter.  As a result, the Dons took a 36-33 lead at the end of the third quarter.  The Dons extended the lead in the fourth quarter and won 52-45 to take the Consolation title at the Tournament. Ruegg scored 22 and Archer had 16, as the two guards combined for 38 points.  Ruegg was named to the All Tournament Team.