The Atascadero High boys basketball team’s historic season came to an end Friday night, as the Greyhounds fell 75-63 to Orange Lutheran in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs.
Playing at Concordia University in Irvine, the Lancers shot 18 for 32 from the field in the first half to lead 43-25 at halftime. Atascadero cut the lead to 70-61 late, but Orange Lutheran held on down the stretch.
Sean Slavin finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Greyhounds, and Troy Norris had 17 points.
Robert Berwick added 13 points, and Hayden Mislavsky scored 11 for fifth-seeded Atascadero (25-4). Weston Walker had four points and 10 rebounds for the Greyhounds.
Top-seeded Orange Lutheran (25-6) came into the game with an impressive résumé, ranked No. 12 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, and owning a 59-56 win over Mater Dei of Santa Ana, MaxPreps.com’s 13th-ranked team in the nation.
“It was just tough to keep them from scoring,” Atascadero coach Jerry Tamelier said. “They were big, strong, skilled basketball players.”
Gabe York, a junior being heavily recruited by numerous Pac-10 programs, scored a game-high 24 points, and Northern Arizona-bound teammate James Douglas added 20 points.
Atascadero had 14 turnovers, about twice its average for the season, and shot 23 of 60.
“They had good players making tough shots,” Tamelier said. “It was just the type of game where they were hard to stop, and we kind of had a couple of lapses where maybe we didn’t get the best shots or maybe had a turnover or two.”
Atascadero, which had its 15-game winning streak snapped, had reached the final four of its division for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
Also among the Greyhounds’ accomplishments this year was a 12-0 run through the PAC 7, the league’s first unblemished record since 2005-06.
The Lancers moved on to face Windward of Los Angeles in next week’s championship game at Anaheim Arena.
Flintridge Prep 86, Mission Prep 72
The Royals fell to the top-seeded Rebels at La Cañada High in the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs.
Kenyatta Smith, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound center who has committed to Harvard, had 17 points for Flintridge Prep (22-6).
The Rebels steadily pulled away by the end of the third quarter, establishing a 65-38 advantage entering the fourth.
“We ran into a team that just flat-out played better than us,” Mission Prep coach Terrance Harris said. “I give all the props in the world to them.”
Mission Prep (18-11), the division’s fourth seed, mounted a furious rally, cutting the lead to eight points late.
“We had some ups and we had some downs, but we never quit,” Harris said. “The kids stuck with it and kept working hard. It was kind of like how our entire season was.”
Andy Rowley scored 17 points to lead the Royals. Spencer Rowley and Connor Woolpert each added 13 points for Mission Prep, and Sam Cowitz had 11.
Flintridge Prep will face either Muir of Pasadena or Santa Clara of Oxnard for the title.
Southern Section Masters Meet
Atascadero, Arroyo Grande and Paso Robles have wrestlers competing today, the second day of the meet encompassing nearly 600 schools throughout the section.
Individuals finishing in the top nine in their respective weight classes will move on to the overall state championships, which will be held next week at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
If any of the Greyhounds, Bearcats or Eagles earn a win today, they will make the cut.
For Atascadero, four wrestlers moved on to today’s consolation bracket. Stephen Trockman (at 171 pounds) and Matt Ducasse (189) wrestled to 3-1 records Friday, and both Michael Clemmensen (103) and Elijah Jackson (160) went 2-1 on the day to join them.
Paso Robles will have two wrestlers competing in the consolation round today as Robby Standley (112 pounds) and Cesar Delgado (171) both went 3-1.
Arroyo Grande’s Raul Uc (140 pounds) advanced with an opening-day bye.
Among wrestlers eliminated on the first day were Atascadero’s Jordan Gottfried (119 pounds) who went 1-2, and Paul Woodman (145), who went 2-2.
For the Bearcats, Zak Holmes (103 pounds) and Jose Jimenez (heavyweight) were both 1-2, and Ryan Miller (125) and Colton Madrigal (160) went 0-2.
No information on the three wrestlers competing for Morro Bay was available.