The Arroyo Grande High boys basketball team beat Atascadero 55-39 in the third-place game of the Arroyo Grande Optimist Tournament on Saturday night.
“They really controlled the game,” Atascadero coach Jerry Tamelier said. “They did a good job of getting the ball into their big players and then hitting their open 3s.”
Derick Beasley led a balanced Eagles attack with nine points, and Michael Escobedo and Gunnar Gomez each added eight points.Atascadero’s Troy Norris had a game-high 10 points.
The Eagles crushed Santa Barbara in earlier play, winning 58-9 and leading 30-5 at the half. Kevin Glass led the Eagles with 10 points.
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Atascadero (6-2) defeated Golden West 65-56 in its earlier game. Weston Walker scored 13 points while Matt O’Connell finished with 12. The Greyhounds used a 20-10 first- quarter advantage to jump out to a lead they would not relinquish.
Coast Union 55, Liberty 40; Coast Union 54, Taft 42
Ramiro Medina had a game-high 25 points in Broncos’ win over Taft to claim the consolation championship at the Coast Union Tournament.
Medina, who scored 19 points in the earlier win over Liberty, hit six 3-pointers against Taft.
With both games close at the half, the Broncos (5-2) used the third quarter to distance themselves, winning the quarter by a combined score of 42-16.
“I talk to the team about (Lakers head coach) Phil Jackson and how he emphasizes how important the third quarter is,” Coast Union coach Tim May said. “The team took it to heart, and we’ve been coming out and having strong third quarters.”
Andy Gordon had 12 points in each game to help lead a balanced Coast Union offense.
Taft 58, North County Christian 46; North County Christian 56, Liberty 48
Josh Feld scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Crusaders (3-6) in their win over Liberty at the Coast Union Tournament.Caleb Katches and Dan Katches each added 14 points.
Feld scored 14 points in the loss to Taft, and Katches and Weston Fink each had nine points.
Paso Robles 56, Nipomo 42; Paso Robles 48, Pioneer Valley 35; Nipomo 63, Madera South 55
Lonnie Watson scored 20 points for Paso Robles at the Coast Union Tournament, and Brandon Todd added 15 points in the win over Nipomo.
Jeff McNeil led the Titans with 18 points.
In the consolation championship game against Pioneer Valley, Watson scored 21 points and Todd had 19.
In Nipomo’s win over Madera South, Jeff McNeil scored 32 points for the Titans, and Ryan McNeil added 15 points.
San Marcos 63, Morro Bay 20; Morro Bay 55, King City 42The Pirates bounced back from a 43-point loss at the Coast Union Tournament to beat King City behind 15 points from Case Bruton, and 10 rebounds from Edward Griley and Luke Holzchuh.
Case Bruton scored eight points against San Marcos.
Mission Prep 65, Montclair Prep 59; El Diamante 45, Mission Prep 32
Kevin Laird scored a game-high 28 points in Mission Prep’s win over Montclair Prep at the Coast Union Tournament as the Royals took third place.
“Kevin did an awesome job of putting the team on his shoulders and making big shots for us,” Royals coach Terrance Harris said.In the early loss to El Diamante, Mission Prep was led by Sam Cowitz’s 13 points.
Atascadero 58, Frontier 38
With 17 points from Shannon Berwick, 15 from Alyssa Palma and 12 from all-tournament selection Raven Taylor, the Greyhounds improved to 3-1 in the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Classic by beating its Bakersfield opponent at Morro Bay.
Palma hit two of the team’s 3-pointers, and Atascadero (6-2) had no trouble building a big lead. The Greyhounds were ahead 17-6 lead by the end of the first quarter.
“We just played really well together,” Atascadero coach Jim Stecher said. “We took the ‘I’ out of the word team, and we played well together.”
St. Joseph 54, Arroyo Grande 36
Arroyo Grande’s Rachel Ventura, who made the all-tournament team, scored a team-high 10 points in the loss at the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Classic.
With the score tied after one quarter, the Knights (4-0) went on a 29-18 run bridging the next two quarters to put the game away.
St. Joseph had four players in double figures, including Heather Madrigal, who scored a game-high 17 points.
Haley MacDonald added nine points for Arroyo Grande, hitting three 3-pointers.
Pioneer Valley 43, Morro Bay 40
It was a tale of two halves for Morro Bay at the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Classic as the Pirates led 25-12 at halftime and then were outscored 24-8 in the third period and 31-15 in the second half.
Megan Hansen and Hannah Gilbert led Morro Bay with 12 points apiece.
San Luis Obispo 63, Cabrillo 61 2 OT
The Tigers (3-5) scored the final six points of the second overtime to beat Cabrillo at the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Classic.
Olivia Kilgore, who finished with eight points, tied the score on two free throws, then stole the ball with under 30 seconds remaining to drive for a layup and the foul.
Kaylee Williams finished with 17 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line while Malie Guy finished with 15.
Nipomo 46, Santa Maria 28
Cami Castillo scored 15 points at the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Classic, and Tessa Underwood added nine points for the Titans.
“There was great senior leadership from Cami Castillo and Denielle Cain throughout the whole tournament,” Nipomo coach P.J. Deichler said.
Mission Prep 42, Paso Robles 33
Ally Kersthold led Mission Prep with 16 points and was 11 of 12 at the free-throw line for the Royals, who made only nine field goals but sank 21 of 25 free throws.
Kati Sheldon led Paso Robles with 13 points.
North County Christian 53, Valley Christian Academy 44
Cristy Scarson led the Crusaders with 16 points and also had five assists in a matchup of Coast Valley League teams at the Bishop Diego Tournament.
The Crusaders (3-3) pulled away in the second half after leading 24-22 at halftime.
Anna Foster had 14 points and 10 rebounds for North County Christian.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Arroyo Grande 8, Tesoro 3; Arroyo Grande 4, Irvine 1
Tournament MVP Melanie Johnson scored a goal in each match to help Arroyo Grande (4-0) win the El Niño Cup.
“Mel’s job is to lock down the opponent’s best scorer and defense has been our strong suit this year,” Arroyo Grande coach Steven Allen said.
Briana Lippert made 25 total saves, including 13 in the championship win over Irvine.
The championship was Arroyo Grande’s first at the El Niño Cup in the 10 years that Allen has taken the Eagles there.
Atascadero dominated five high schools en route to the team title.
The Greyhounds beat King City, Saratoga, Los Banos and Buhach Colony on the way to a 72-6 win in the final over Los Gatos.
Atascadero sent seven wrestlers to the all-tournament team, including 215-pounder Josh Mei and heavyweight Levi Kenyon, who each went 5-0.
Santa Barbara at Arroyo Grande, canceled
The two teams will not make up the nonleague match that was rained out.