Despite jumping out to an 18-point first-half lead, the Mission Prep boys basketball team needed overtime to put away Snoqualmie (Wa.) Mt. Si High, 71-63, in the Torrey Pines Tournament in San Diego on Thursday.
Quinton Adlesh had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Andy Rowley had 19 points, 10 steals and six assists for the Royals (7-3).
The duo combined for 11 points in overtime, but it was Mike Cardwell, with 11 points, who helped jump-start Mission Prep from a prolonged slump.
"Mike Cardwell hit a huge 3 to start overtime,” Royals coach Terrance Harris said. “It had been a while since we hit a field goal, and he hit a huge 3 that really spurred us in the overtime period.”
Mission Prep had scored just four points and did not make a field goal the entire fourth quarter.
The Royals were fortunate to see Mt Si (7-5) miss two free throws in the final 4 seconds of regulation. Rowley was able to get a floater off in the lane at the buzzer, but it went long, Harris said.
Mission Prep was without top collegiate recruit Connor Woolpert, who sat out with a shoulder injury. The Royals play Cerritos Gahr in the consolation semifinals today at 12:40 p.m.
Excelsior Charter 73, Morro Bay 70
After turning a 14-point first-half deficit into an eight-point second-half advantage, the Pirates (6-7) could not hold on and fell on the second day of the Linfield Christian Caged Classic in Temecula.
“It's disappointing. This would have been a nice upset for us,” Morro Bay coach Mike Godsey said. “And we outplayed ’em.”
Luke Munds had 23 points to lead all scorers, Frank Molina added 13 and Elijah Lampley scored 12 for the Pirates, who play host Linfield Christian today at 7:30 p.m. for a chance to enter the tournament championship.
Templeton 60, Pioneer Valley 50; Montclair 66, Templeton 61
The fourth quarter was not so kind to the Eagles (5-6), who moved on to today’s 7 p.m. semifinal round against the host Greyhounds in the Atascadero Christmas Tournament.
Despite being outscored 24-10 in the fourth quarter in their first game, Templeton built a 31-16 halftime lead and cruised for the victory.
Andy Garretson had 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead Templeton, which also got 16 points from Jackson Wheeler and five assists apiece from Wheeler and Alex Elterman.
The Eagles were not as lucky in their second game.
Montclair outscored Templeton 19-6 in the final quarter of a five-point victory. Wheeler had 13 points and Clark Burton added 12. Elterman had 12 rebounds, and Aiden Sarbeck added 10.
Paso Robles 59, Roseville 52
Josh Wilson-Murry hit eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points to lead three Bearcats players in double figures at the Atascadero Christmas Tournament.
Jaylon Davis had 12 points and Rudy Binkele added 11 for Paso Robles (3-7).
“Just knocking down shots, and the fact that we played defense well enough to win,” is what coach Matt Drake said was the difference in the game.
Paso Robles 51, Lompoc 18
Molly Donovan out-scored the Braves all by herself, and the Bearcats (5-5) advanced on the first day of the Righetti Tournament.
Donovan had a game-high 22 points and Katie Ryan scored 11 for Paso Robles, which is scheduled to play Santa Maria at 1 p.m. and Santa Ynez at 6 p.m. today.
Walnut Creek Berean Christian 42, Mission Prep 34
Thirteen points from Grace Ready were not enough to help the Royals advance at the West Coast Jamboree. Connor Storlie added nine points, but she was the only other Mission Prep player with more than four.