The San Luis Obispo High boys basketball team wasn’t just satisfied to get an at-large invite to the CIF-Southern Section Division IV-AA playoffs; they wanted to do some damage.
The Tigers (13-13) knocked off seventh-seeded Cabrillo 56-54 in a first- round playoff game Wednesday night in Lompoc.
San Luis Obispo jumped out early, leading by seven after one quarter and 15 at halftime before the Conquistadores got their offense rolling.
“We just came out and played their style of ball in the second half,” Tigers coach John Jensen said. “We were hurrying shots when we shouldn’t have been.”
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Sean Mullen had a game-high 21 points and 17 rebounds for San Luis Obispo, which is surging to end the season, winning seven of its past eight games.
Cabrillo, the Los Padres League champion, was rolling itself, having won 12 consecutive games coming in.“We knew going in that it was going to be a tough game — especially in their house,” Jensen said. “But we knew their press was their bread and butter and we worked on it.”
Freshman Andy Rowley added 10 points for San Luis Obispo, while Connor MacLeod hit the game-sealing free throws with 10 seconds remaining.
The Tigers will play the winner of the Lawndale and Estancia of Costa Mesa game.
“We can play with anybody,” Jensen said. “We’re young and we make some mistakes, but overall we know how to play the game. It’s just a matter of composure and playing under control.”
————Atascadero 63, Lompoc 40
Atascadero’s 23-point victory over Lompoc advanced the Greyhounds to the second round in the Division 4AA CIF- Southern Section playoffs.
Matt O’Connell led the Greyhounds (18-8) with a game-high 17 points, and Troy Norris added 16.
“We played very good team defense ... and moved the ball well,” Atascadero coach Jerry Tamelier said.
Hayden Mislavsky scored 11 points for Atascadero.
Oak Park 63, Paso Robles 52
Lonnie Watson led the Bearcats with 21 points in a first- round Division 3A loss.
Paso Robles (14-12) suffered an early loss in the first quarter when Brandon Todd was forced out of the game with an ankle injury and did not return.
Cheyne Hayes was the next leading scorer for Paso Robles with 12 points.
“We had a bad first quarter, but played pretty even after that. However, we got into a hole and our free throws hurt us,” Paso Robles coach Scott Larson said.
Templeton 50, Nordhoff 41
Jordan Hattar was Templeton’s leading scorer with 21 points in an upset win over 15th-seeded Nordhoff.
Dakota Oropeza added 11 points for Templeton (12-12).
“We started off with a good lead and did a good job challenging their shooters,” Templeton coach Fred Price said. “Nordhoff brought intensity to the second half, but we were able to make plays and spread the ball really well.”
Mission Prep 76, Fowler 52
Kevin Laird scored a game-high 19 points for Mission Prep (12-15) in a nonleague home win.
Art Lane, Sam Cowitz and Phil Sukoski added 12 points each for the Royals.
“This was one of our better games offensively, we had a good tempo going and the guys performed well,” Mission Prep coach Terrance Harris said.
Pat Woolpert scored 11 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while Cowitz added 10 boards.
North County Christian 68, Cornerstone Christian 33
Caleb Katches had a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Crusaders (18-8) in a Southern Section Division 6AA first-round playoff win.
Josh Feld scored 17, and Daniel Katches added nine points for North County Christian, which led 19-2 after the first quarter.
Joe Honeycutt added nine assists, five steals and two points for the Crusaders.
Mission Prep 45, Fowler 34
Bri Harvey had a game-high 18 points for the Royals (11-12), who used a 14-5 fourth quarter run to put the nonleague home game away.
Stephanie Darosa added 11 points, and Jenna Dunbar dished out nine assists.
Centennial 1, Paso Robles 0, OT
Camelia Pacheco had the potential winning goal ricochet off the left goal post in the final 10 minutes for the Bearcats (11-11-4), and Centennial scored the game-winner four minutes into overtime.
Paso Robles freshman goalkeeper Carly McCall had seven saves in the CIF-Southern Section Division III wild-card loss.