The San Luis Obispo High boys basketball team convincingly defeated Pioneer Valley for the second time this year Tuesday, topping the Panthers 44-31 at the Mission Prep Christmas Classic on Cowitz Court.
San Luis Obispo held Pioneer Valley to just five baskets inside the 3-point line.
“Our defense is our weapon right now,” Tigers coach John Jensen said. “The defense is there, but we’re still trying to find ourselves on offense. We get a little bit better every game, but we’re still dribbling too much instead of passing the ball around more.”
Junior power forward Sean Mullen led the Tigers (4-6) with a game-high 22 points, while guard Joe Agbo added seven.
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Manny Zarate led Pioneer Valley (1-9) with 10.
It was the first win at the Classic for the Tigers, who had previously beaten the Panthers 45-29 on Dec. 15.
Other Christmas Classic games:
Campolindo 52, Mission Prep 35
Campolindo added to a 10-point halftime lead down the stretch.
Kevin Laird paced the Royals (6-5) with 12 points from his guard spot. Carl King led Campolindo with 13.
St. Joseph 62, Eldorado of Las Vegas 46
The Knights’ Bebe Vargas had 26 points, the tournament’s single-game high. Ariel Bagget led the Sundevils with 15.
Taft of Woodland Hills 65, Ballou of Washington, D.C. 62
Taft, which entered the Classic ranked in several national top 25 polls, won the national division championship, polishing off an unblemished tournament run led by USC-bound Bryce Jones and Texas commit DeAndre Daniels.
Cathedral of Los Angeles 48, Edison of Fresno 45
The Phantoms pulled ahead on the strength of a 19-13 fourth quarter. Andrew Clark led Cathedral with 18 points, while Jordan Batts had 22 in defeat.
Sylmar 68, Washington Prep 61
Bito Cruz had 20 points for Sylmar, which hit 11 shots from 3-point range. Washington Prep’s Michaelyn Scott, meanwhile, had 16.
Campbell Hall 55, Pasadena 46
Austin McBroom and Deuce Johnson each had 22 points to lead the Vikings. Tyler Barber carried Pasadena with 17.
Birmingham 69, Rio Americano 40
Sahdi Odu lifted Birmingham with 25 points.
Righetti 42, Morro Bay 39
Megan Hansen and Ciara Ramos provided the bulk of Morro Bay’s offense, scoring 15 and 12 points, respectively, at the Santa Barbara Tournament.
The Pirates (6-4) led 24-18 at halftime, but a 12-2 third-quarter run by Righetti catapulted the Warriors to the lead.
“In each of our losses, the third quarter has been the culprit,” Morro Bay coach Cary Nerelli said. “We need to come out a little more focused and continue to build the momentum we established early.”
Six-foot-5 Cal Poly signee Molly Schlemer led the Warriors with 19 points.
Lutheran of Orange 57, Arroyo Grande 37
Rachel Ventura was the lone Arroyo Grande player in double figures, with 12 points at the Santa Barbara Tournament. Madi Ventura added six points and a team-high five assists for the Eagles (6-4), who trailed 25-12 at halftime.
Lutheran outscored Arroyo Grande in every quarter. Jenna Sverchek had a team-high five rebounds for the Eagles.