After graduating 10 seniors from last year’s co-PAC 7 league champion, the San Luis Obispo High boys basketball team knew it would be an underdog in the league race this season.
But that hasn’t bothered the Tigers, who handed co-league leader Arroyo Grande its second PAC 7 loss of the season Wednesday night, 63-47 in San Luis Obispo.
After suffering six straight defeats that each came by 10 or fewer points, the Tigers (9-13, 4-5) have now won four in a row.
“We’re playing really well right now,” San Luis Obispo coach John Jensen said. “We knew we were a good team.
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“I think we can beat anybody from here on out.”
Freshman Andy Rowley had 11 points for the Tigers, as did Josh James, Sean Mullen, and Steve Sainsbury. Point guard Joe Agbo added eight, and San Luis Obispo got six 3-pointers — one each from a half-dozen players.
After getting out to a 13-9 first-quarter lead, the Eagles (18-5, 7-2) — who came into the contest ranked No. 6 in Division III-AA of the CIF-Southern Section — were outscored every period the rest of the way. San Luis Obispo finished 24-of-47 shooting overall.
“We started out a little shaky in the first period, but we settled down and figured it out (offensively),” Jensen said. “Our defense was outstanding.”
Michael Escobedo paced Arroyo Grande with 16 points.
————Atascadero 63, Righetti 62
Troy Norris, who scored 19 points, saved the Greyhounds (15-7, 5-4) with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from halfcourt to give the Warriors just their second league loss of the season.
The score was tied with only four seconds remaining, as Righetti (16-5, 6-2) shot free throws. The Warriors converted both to go up by a point before Norris hit the game-winner.
Matt O’Connell and Taylor Hendrickson each scored 13 for Atascadero, which avenged a 76-43 loss to Righetti earlier this season.
Nipomo 55, Pioneer Valley 34
Jeff McNeil led Nipomo (10-14, 3-6) with 20 points, while Jonathan Fisher had 17.
The Titans held the Panthers to four points in the third quarter and 12 in the second half.
Templeton 59, Morro Bay 43
Dakota Oropeza led the Eagles (10-10, 5-4 Los Padres League) with 18 points, while power forward Zach Egger followed with 16.
Bryce Owens and Case Bruton led the Pirates with 12 points apiece.
North County Christian 69, Coast Union 63
Josh Feld again carried the Crusaders (14-8, 7-0 Coast Valley League), pouring in 30 points.
North County Christian’s Daniel Katches added 19 points.
Andy Gordon led Coast Union with 17 points and 20 rebounds.
Arroyo Grande 49, San Luis Obispo 34
The Eagles surged ahead with a 16-2 third-quarter advantage that left them up 32-16 heading into the fourth.
Madi Ventura lifted Arroyo Grande (16-6, 8-1) with a game-best 11 points, while Haley MacDonald had nine.
Hannah Kenny and Kelsey O’Hagan each led the Tigers (12-11, 6-3) with seven.
Atascadero 40, Righetti 39
Raven Taylor led Atascadero (16-3, 8-1) with 20 points. Shannon Berwick followed with 10 for the Greyhounds, who trailed Righetti (10-6, 3-5) by a point at halftime.
Cal Poly signee Molly Schlemer, a 6-foot-5 center, led the Warriors with 11 points.
Morro Bay 59, Templeton 31
Ciara Ramos had 19 points and 13 rebounds to carry the Pirates (15-6, 8-2 LPL), who also got a strong performance from Megan Hansen, who had 12 points.
Jeanine Madson led Templeton (6-14, 2-7 LPL) with 10 points.
North County Christian 61, Coast Union 19
Brianna Feld led the Crusaders with 16 points, and Kelsey Paulus pulled down 17 rebounds in the rout.