High School Sports

Tigers rally falls short in St. Francis Tournament consolation final

Despite losing post man Sean Mullen to an ankle injury in the first quarter and falling behind by 10 after the third, the San Luis Obispo High boys basketball team was within one point of Palma in the fourth quarter of the consolation final of the St. Francis Tournament in Mountain View on Thursday.

The Tigers (5-8) could get no closer, however, and needing to foul down the stretch, ended up falling 55-45 in a game where Mullen was limited to just one field goal and two points.

Losing Mullen “kind of turned the game around,” San Luis Obispo coach John Jenson said, “but we still got within one point in the fourth quarter. Just a couple key turnovers cost us, and we ended up losing by 10. We had to foul at the end. That’s why it was more lopsided than it was.”

Michael Hansen scored a game-high 20 points for the Tigers, who also got 10 points from Josh James. Palma was led by Noah Allen’s 15 points and Mike Cahalan’s 14.

Nipomo 51, Apple Valley 40Following up a 72-63 win over Crossroads on Wednesday, the Titans (7-7) took fifth place in the San Pedro Tournament with a nine-point win over Apple Valley on Thursday.

The final win came despite missing Duane Hanna, who led Nipomo with 15 points against Crossroads but missed the end of that game and the Apple Valley contest with an ankle sprain, according to Titans coach Brian Hook.

Nipomo, which was led by Jeff McNeil’s 17 points and five assists, broke a tie score with an 8-0 run to start the second half.

Ryan McNeil had 14 points, Jonathan Fisher scored 10 and Akeem King had two points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Titans.

Liberty 56, Mission Prep 53The Royals finished in second place late Wednesday night in the Las Vegas Tournament’s Silver Bracket.Art Lane lifted Mission Prep with 15 points, while Kevin Laird added 14.

“It was a good game, and we were efficient on offense,” Mission Prep coach Terrance Harris said. “Liberty outplayed and outshot us as a team.”

GIRLS BASKETBALLBethel 53, Mission Prep 50, OTThe teams combined for 44 fouls in a stop-and-start seventh-place game that saw Royals guard Ally Kersthold foul out just minutes into the second half.

“There was no flow to the game whatsoever,” Mission Prep coach John Krossa said, “and you could see where things went south for us.

“It was fair. It was 22-22. They were just calling any tiny reaching-in there was.”

Kersthold was leading the Royals (6-7) with 11 points in the first half alone, and Mission Prep led 24-18 at the break. But Bethel was able to force overtime and outscored the Royals 5-2 in the extra frame.

Coming back from an ankle sprain, Steph DeRosa led Mission Prep with 14 points, and Jenna Dunbar, who was named to the West Coast Jamboree all-tournament team, had 12.