Rio Americano High of Sacramento got a game-high 19 points from Abe Leibovitz to beat Mission Prep 59-46 in a boys basketball game at the Mission Prep Christmas Classic on Saturday night.
“It was a tight game the entire time,” Royals coach Terrance Harris said. “They used a big run to start the fourth quarter where we made some mistakes defensively.”
Bill Sukoski led Mission Prep with 13 points, the first time he’s led the team in scoring this season.
“Bill was hitting open shots when he could,” Harris said. “He did his part to put up the ball.”
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The scored was tied at 21 at halftime, but the Royals (5-4), who led by four entering the fourth quarter, surrendered the first eight points of the final period and never regained the lead.
Other Mission Prep Christmas Classic games:
St. Joseph 55, San Luis Obispo 51
Sean Mullen led San Luis Obispo (3-5) with 12 points. The Tigers trailed 35-23 at halftime but closed the gap, outscoring St. Joseph 28-20 in the second half.
Birmingham 67, Campolindo 61
Renee Reyes and Corey Randall scored 18 points each to lead Birmingham to the Elite Division semifinals.
El Dorado 33, Pioneer Valley 20
Ariel Bagget led El Dorado with nine points in the defensive battle.
Anthony Zepeda finished with a game-high 11 points for the Panthers, more than half his team’s total output.
Pasadena 61, Edison 42
Tyler Barber led Pasadena with 12 points as Edison was without several key players because of injury or illness.
Ballou 69, Washington Prep 66
Ballou put four players into double figures, including Donte Thomas, who had a team-high 17 points. JB Walker had a game-high 22 points for Washington Prep.
Arroyo Grande 55, Santa Ynez 32
Haley MacDonald had a game-high 12 points for the Eagles, who advanced to play the winner of the Dos Pueblos-Redwood Christian game on Monday at the Santa Barbara Tournament.
The Eagles (6-3) led 27-20 at halftime, and outscored Santa Ynez 28-12 to close out the game. The Pirates played only six players.
Arroyo Grande’s Jenna Sverchek added nine points.
Morro Bay 42, Channel Islands 32
Megan Hansen led Morro Bay (6-2) with 20 points at the Santa Barbara Tournament. The Pirates led 24-19 at halftime and outscored Channel Islands 10-6 in the third quarter.
Arroyo Grande 1, San Luis Obispo 0; San Luis Obispo 2, Central Valley Christian 0; Arroyo Grande 2, Garces 0
Arroyo Grande topped San Luis Obispo on penalty kicks to claim the Premier Division title at the Garces Holiday Soccer Festival. The teams were tied 0-0 after regulation time.
The Eagles (7-1) blanked Garces 2-0 to reach the final on goals by Lupita Leon and Ashley Roese while San Luis Obispo got goals from Kiele Argente and Alessa Moscoso in a 2-0 win over Coast Valley Christian en route to the final.
“Kudos to the Central Coast for having two PAC 7 teams in the final,” San Luis Obispo coach John Clarke said. “It’s too bad we had to face each other here. If there was a winner, that’s would have been OK.
“But when you finish in a 0-0 tie, you really don’t find a winner. You find a champion when you do that.”The game does not count towards either team’s PAC 7 records, and Arroyo Grande assistant coach Johnnie Reinhardt told the Tribune on Friday that her team also disliked the idea of playing another PAC 7 team in a tournament.
“We were the two best schools of the tournament so hats off to both teams,” Clarke said.
Other Garces Holiday Soccer Festival Games:
McLane 1, Morro Bay 0; Morro Bay 3, Bishop 0
Morro Bay’s Wynn Reeves, Macey Burgeson, and Olivia Watt led the Pirates to a shutout victory over Bishop, taking third place in the Silver Division.
Reeves opened scoring for the Pirates, scoring in the 18th minute with an assist from Burgeson.
Burgeson followed Reeves goal, scoring in the 30th minute on an assist from Watt. In the 62nd minute, Watt scored the game’s final goal after receiving a corner kick from Karly Alfirevic.
Paso Robles 2, Ocean View 1; Righetti 3, Paso Robles 1
Maria Chavez led Paso Robles (5-2-1) against Ocean View, scoring unassisted at the beginning of the second half in a game the Bearcats won on penalty kicks.
Ocean View led 1-0 at halftime.
Nikki Calabria scored unassisted in the 64th minute against Righetti in the Bearcats’ second game. Paso Robles took second in the Gold Division.
Paso Robles went winless in the tournament last year.
Garces Holiday Soccer Festival
Mission Prep 4, Kennedy 0; Mission Prep 3, Taft 0
The Royals claimed the Silver Division “A” bracket championship with wins over Kennedy and Taft.
Mission Prep went 1-3 in the bracket last season, and second-year coach Bob Galarneau said his team will look to move up to a more difficult bracket next year.
“It wasn’t a cakewalk,” Galarneau said. “Our team is just playing really well and our offense is clicking.”
Neal Hetzel scored the first goal for Mission Prep in each game, including converting a penalty kick in the championship final against Taft.
Joey Miller made seven and nine saves respectively, collecting his fourth and fifth shutouts of the year.
San Luis Obispo 1, Centennial 0; Wasco 1, San Luis Obispo 0
Julio Martinon scored San Luis Obispo’s (7-5) game-winning goal against Centennial in the 20th minute with an assist from Alex Frost.
The Tigers then met Waco in the Premier Division title match, losing in a shootout.
“Wasco was a really good team,” San Luis Obispo coach Johnny Costa said. “They controlled the game in the first 30 minutes, but we took control back after we made some adjustments.
“To play teams like we did is huge for the players, and really good for the team.”
Atascadero 5, Gridley 2; Atascadero 2, Bakersfield North 0
Alec Rizzoli opened the scoring for Atascadero (6-4-3), scoring the Greyhounds lone first-half goal against Gridley. Joe Camarillo followed, scoring four goals in the second half.
Atascadero’s Alex Aguiar, assisted by Camarillo, scored first against Bakersfield North. Robert Orozco came back with a second goal for the Greyhounds with an assist from Juan Cervantes.
Atascadero finished fifth in the Gold Division.
“This was great,” Greyhounds coach Andrew Wilkie said. “Everybody was getting involved and we had people playing positions they normally don’t.”
Golden Valley 7, Coast Union 1; Coast Union 4, St. Joseph 1
Uri Escalara scored Coast Union’s (3-1) only goal in the second half of its game against Golden Valley.
Fernando Cuevas opened the scoring for the Broncos against St. Joseph with a goal in the 10th minute. Oscar Mora scored in the second half and was followed by Luis De Alba and Uri Escalara, who scored in the 65th and 70th minutes, respectively.
“Our first game started off real slow,” Coast Union coach Moises Jimenez said. “But we were fully awake for our second game. Uri usually plays sweeper, but he’s very good with the ball and we sort of recreated the team for this second game. He was able to create a lot of opportunities for us to score.”
Greg Mattison Rebel Classic
Paso Robles finished second, finishing with a 7-1 duel record.
Ryan Miller went 8-0 at 125 pounds to claim the individual title, winning seven matches by pin and one by technical fall.
Heavyweights Justin McAfee and Cole Thompson finished a combined 6-2 to take second place for Paso Robles in the weight class.
Ceasar Delgado placed third at 169-pounds, winning seven of eight matches.
Morro Bay at Zinkin Classic
Jacob Carlson (119 pounds) and Kent Beecham (125) led Morro Bay (2-0), each taking second place in his weight class at Buchanan High.
The Pirates finished first among small schools (schools with under 1,600 students) and sixth overall with 105 points.
The sixth-place finish was the best ever for Morro Bay, coach Mike Aanerud said.
The Pirates previous high was a 14th-place finish in 2005.
“It was a huge deal for us, especially our overall place,” Aanerud said.