Wack, defense lead Arroyo Grande to boys basketball victory over Righetti

Wack scores 30 points, and Eagles hold Walker scoreless in the fourth quarter to beat the reigning PAC 7 co-champions, 55-48

ajankowski@thetribunenews.comJanuary 9, 2014 

Carson Wack’s game-high 30 points will take the headlines, but he will be the first to say that doesn’t tell the whole story of how the Arroyo Grande High boys basketball team topped defending co-PAC 7 champ Righetti to win its fourth straight game and stay undefeated in league play.

“I definitely owe it to our offensive sets; those are what get me open shots,” the senior said after the Eagles’ 55-48 home win Wednesday night.

“I don’t know how many assists we had tonight, but it was a great passing game.”

Andrew Midyett won battles in the paint, Quillan Smith led a defensive attack that shut down one of the league’s top scorers, and Wack made just about every shot that left his hands.

Wack, a 6-foot-1 guard made six 3-pointers, including four in a second half as Arroyo Grande (12-5, 2-0 PAC 7) outscored the Warriors (6-5, 0-1) in every quarter but the first.

“I thought we did a great job making the extra pass and taking what (Righetti) gave us,” coach Ryan Glanville said. 

“At some point, it just comes down to hitting shots, and we hit some tonight — especially Carson.” 

The Eagles are unbeaten through two league games after opening PAC 7 play with a win last week at St. Joseph. In that game, Cobe Williams went off for eight 3s and 28 points. 

This time, it was Wack’s turn to light up the gym.

“Both of them have put a lot of time into shooting the ball,” Glanville said. “For us, it’s just kind of nice to have two shooters on the floor at all times.”

Arroyo Grande led 44-38 heading into the fourth before a 3 from Steven Spadarotto quickly cut the lead to three.

On the ensuing possession, Righetti’s Justin Garcia sagged off his coverage on Wack to double-team Midyett down low.

The Warriors paid for the mistake, as Midyett kicked the ball out to Wack, who stroked an in-rhythm 3 to put the Eagles back up by six.

Midyett scored a bucket, and Williams hit one of his two 3s in the game before a free throw by Wack gave Arroyo Grande a 10-point advantage with less than two minutes to play.

“Everything is kind of clicking right now,” said Midyett, a 6-foot-4 senior who was MVP of the silver bracket at the Las Vegas Preps Championship two weeks ago. “We really want to pound it inside to collapse the defense and throw it out to our shooters. We have so many different weapons.”

Cameron Walker, Righetti’s 6-foot-7 top scorer, was held to just 13 points, including none in the fourth quarter.

“We played him pretty much straight up and just wanted to stay in front,” Glanville said. “Quillan did a great job on him all game long.

“I don’t know if we could do that again on (Walker). He’s really good.”

Righetti led 16-15 after the first quarter, but it wasn’t long before the Eagles went ahead for good.

Wack scored 17 in the first half, and crisp passing continued to lead to Arroyo Grande points in the second quarter as Midyett found Wack off a back-door cut for a layup and Williams used a shot fake to find an open Smith underneath.

“Practice — a lot,” Midyett attributed to his team’s passing prowess. “We go really hard on the defensive end in practice, so we really have to learn how to pass with hands all over the place.”

Walker’s athleticism still was on full display in spurts, as the Division I prospect threw down an alley-oop dunk midway through the second quarter that drew praise from both teams’ fans.

Walker had nine in the first half, and Garcia —  more than a foot shorter than Walker — chipped in seven to go along with a handful of steals and assists.

The Eagles defense stiffened, though, holding Garcia scoreless in the second half and shutting out Walker in the fourth.

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