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Prep Basketball: Royals rout Panthers in tourney

Kevin Laird led the Mission Prep boys basketball team with 17 points en route to a 54-31 win over Pioneer Valley at the Mission Prep Christmas Classic on Monday night.

Art Lane, Samuel Cowitz, and Bill Sukoski added 10 points each for the Royals (6-4). Mission Prep led 23-11 at halftime.

“I’m happy to bounce back from our last game with a win,” Royals coach Terrance Harris said. “We had a lot of good ball movement that allowed our offense to score.”

Mission Prep will move on to face Campolindo at noon on Tuesday.

Campolindo 49, San Luis Obispo 39

A slow start again doomed the Tigers at the Mission Prep Christmas Classic.

San Luis Obispo (3-6), which lost its third straight at the tournament following a three-game winning streak, trailed 28-17 at halftime after giving up a 19-point second quarter.

“Our problem is we’re a better second-half team than a first-half team,” Tigers coach John Jensen said.

The Tigers did, however, make another late rally, closing the gap to 40-39 in the closing minutes but couldn’t capitalize on the run, committing costly turnovers down the stretch.

“We just can’t get over the hump,” Jensen said. “We’re going to get better, hopefully, by the time league comes around. I’m just waiting for one of those games where we put it all together.”

PAC 7 play opens Jan. 4.

Joe Agbo led the Tigers with 10 points. Kellen Ito paced Campolindo (8-4) with 18 points.

The Tigers will face Pioneer Valley at 10:30 this morning.

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

Arroyo Grande 49, Dos Pueblos 31

Playing on her birthday, Jenna Sverchek had a team-high 13 points for Arroyo Grande at the Santa Barbara tournament. The Eagles (7-3) also got 12 points and a game-high seven assists from Madi Ventura.

Arroyo Grande led 14-2 after the first quarter and put the game away with an 18-3 run in the third.

Santa Barbara 38, Morro Bay 21

Megan Hansen led Morro Bay (6-3) with six points at the Santa Barbara Tournament.

The Pirates trailed 22-9 at halftime.

“Our defense played an excellent game,” Morro Bay coach Cary Nerelli said. “(Santa Barbara) has been scoring about 61 points a game, so holding them to 38 is big. The kids did a great job against a really good team.”

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