The Atascadero High boys basketball team had shown some depth already this season, but not quite to the extent it did Tuesday night.
The Greyhounds had 12 players score and never trailed during a 63-33 rout of Templeton.
No one from Atascadero (4-1) scored in double figures, but Matt O’Connell, Brent Poulin, Sam McMillan and Taylor Hendrickson all shared the team high of eight points.
“We’ll be good on the bench,” said Atascadero junior starting point guard Troy Norris, who had seven points. “We’ll be very deep. Our second five is just as good as our first five, and our third five is just as good as our second five, so we can go far with that.”
Norris, who averaged eight points a game last year as a sophomore during the Greyhounds’ CIF-Southern Section Division IV-AA quarterfinal playoff run, has taken on a much larger role this season. Through Atascadero’s first four games, he averaged team bests of 23.3 points, 5.3 steals and 2.7 assists per contest.
He wasn’t needed for the duration Tuesday. All of his points came in the first quarter, in which the Greyhounds jumped out to an 8-0 lead.
“Everybody that played did some good things tonight,” Atascadero coach Jerry Tamelier said. “I saw a lot of good things, especially the passing.
“If there was one thing I liked throughout the squad (Tuesday), it was the way we shared the ball.”
Templeton’s leading scorer, Jordan Hattar, was largely denied from the floor, as 11 of his team-high 19 points came from the charity stripe. No other Eagles player had more than four points.
“We did a good job of pressuring the ball,” Tamelier said. “We did a good job taking them a little bit out of the things they wanted to do.”
Tamelier said the Greyhounds’ defensive anticipation was much improved from their showing this past weekend at the Harding Invitational Tournament in Morro Bay.
“We just seemed to react much better and rotated better as a team,” Tamelier said.
Collectively, Atascadero hit seven shots from beyond the 3-point line.
“We executed very well,” Norris said. “This year we’re smarter, we’re more athletic and we understand the game. We’re a pretty tight team.”
The Greyhounds led 30-16 at halftime and pushed the advantage to 47-22 by the end of the third quarter.
“We just didn’t come out to play,” Templeton coach Fred Price said. “It’s usually not like us. We usually play very hard; we usually push the ball. We didn’t have any of that.”
The Eagles (3-3) still need to be more patient and do a better job of looking for the open man, Price said.
“I think we have size we’re not taking advantage of,” he said. “I think we’re trying to create too much on our own still. We’re trying to force it in the first 10 seconds of the offense instead of using some clock. I’d like to use a little more time and get it inside a little bit more. It’s just not happening right now.
“But we’ve got practice time and a lot of time until league,” Price added. “We have the potential to be a good team. This is a big bump in the road and we just have to get over it.”
San Luis Obispo 59, Morro Bay 39
Sean Mullen led the Tigers to the win with 13 points.
San Luis Obispo (2-3) broked open a close game in the second half, outscoring the Pirates 24-13.
Matt Phillips and Keith Evans both scored eight points for the Pirates.
Cabrillo 50, Paso Robles 39
David Terrones led Cabrillo (5-1) with 19 points and Curt Rosson added 16 points for the Conquistadores.
Lonnie Watson led Paso Robles (3-3) with 24 points.
Nipomo 75, Santa Ynez 49
Jonathan Fisher led the Titans (3-3) with 19 points, and Jeff McNeil added 13.
Anthony Guerra scored 10 points for Nipomo, which poured in 25 third-quarter points to put the game out of reach.
“We started out sluggish,” Nipomo coach Brian Hook said. “But we had a big third quarter that turned the tide right there.”
Coast Union 70, Coastal Christian 45
The Broncos (3-0) got a game-high 25 points from Andy Gordon, including five 3-pointers, in a home win.
Ramiro Medina scored 21 points and hit five 3-pointers of his own as Coast Union hit 13 shots from beyond the arc.
The Conquerors were led by Zach Schultz’s 17 points.
North County Christian 70, Orcutt 18
Josh Feld had a game-high 30 points to go along with 13 rebounds and nine steals for the Crusaders (2-3), who jumped to a 20-4 lead after one quarter.
Caleb Katches added 18 points and 10 rebounds for North County Christian while teammate Joe Honeycutt handed out 14 assists.
Tribune staff contributed to this report.