With their team being pressured by full-court and half-court traps, Michael Escobedo and Gunnar Gomez stepped out to the 3-point line where they knew they’d get some wide open looks.
The two combined to make 10 3-pointers from as the Arroyo Grande High boys basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs with a 72-64 road win over North Torrance on Friday night.
“(Shooting 3-pointers) is what they were dictating,” Eagles coach Ryan Glanville said. “We handled the trapping with a lot of composure and poise. The difference in this game was that we were able to make some big shots.”
Escobedo hit six 3s en route to a game-high 24 points, while Gomez hit four from distance to score 16.
Arroyo Grande (21-7) had little trouble breaking the North Torrance (18-11) trap early, scoring 50 first half points to take a 16-point lead into the break.
Matt McAustin added 10 points for the seventh-seeded Eagles, who will play either No. 2 seed Foothill (25-2) or 15th-seed Granite Hills (16-11) in the quarterfinals.
“I’m really proud of the way our kids played on the road in a hostile environment,” Glanville said. “And we’re happy to be moving on.”
Lawndale 58, San Luis Obispo 34
San Luis Obispo’s (13-14) Sean Mullen was the leading scorer with 13 points in the Tigers’ loss to Lawndale in the second round of the Division 4AA playoffs.
The Tigers were unable to hit a 3-pointer, going 0 of 21 from beyond the arc.
Steve Sainsbury added nine points for San Luis Obispo.
“We didn’t shoot well,” Tigers coach John Jensen said. “But it was a good season and we will build on that for next year.”
Crespi 59, Templeton 43
Jordan Hattar had a team-high 14 points for Templeton (12-13) in its Division 4A playoff loss.
Dakota Oropeza added 12 points for Templeton.
“We played a very good team and missed some opportunities,” Templeton coach Fred Price said. “They did a good job putting pressure on us.”
Matt Mounier scored 25 points for second-seeded Crespi, which outscored Templeton 36-18 in the middle two quarters.
Santa Clarita Christ. 78, North Co. Christian 63
North County Christian’s Josh Feld had a game-high 34 points and 10 rebounds as the 10th-seeded Crusaders (18-9) fell to No. 7 seed Santa Clarita Christian at home.
Caleb Katches scored 10 and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Daniel Katches added 10 points for North County Christian.Joe Honeycutt added eight assists for the Crusaders.
Feld, who played in his final basketball game for North County Christian, leaves the school as the program’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder, topping the 1,300-point plateau in the loss.