Mike Hansen scored a game-high 25 points, Steven Sainsbury poured in 10 in his return to the Tigers lineup, and the San Luis Obispo High boys basketball team took control with a 31-13 first quarter en route to a 72-57 win over Sylmar in a challenge match at the Mission Prep Christmas Classic.
“We just got off to a good start and went from there,” Tigers coach Jim Thompson said. “Our press was working really well, and we were able to get some fast-break points.
Hansen and Connor MacLeod, who had 14 points, each sank a pair of 3-pointers for the Tigers, who led 46-28 at the break and cruised in the second half.
Sainsbury, who averaged six points and five rebounds per game as a Tribune All-County honorable mention last season, did not appear in the team’s first five games.
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San Luis Obispo (3-3) starts bracket play today against Granite Bay at noon at Mission Prep.
Also at the tournament:
Marin Catholic 53, Mission Prep 49
Marin Catholic used a late 14-4 run to edge the Royals.
Andy Rowley led Mission Prep with 13 points.
Washington 85, Cathedral 46
The Washington backcourt of Nick Jones and Chris Brown combined for 28 points in a win.
Chris Spears scored 21 points in defeat for the Phantoms.
Granite Bay 54, Pasadena 39
Robert Duncan scored 25 points as the Grizzlies ran away with the game early.
Price 68, Campolindo 61
St. John’s-bound Norvell Pelle scored 23 points as the Knights held on after letting an 18-point lead slip away.
Campbell Hall 79, Stockdale 62
San Diego State commit Cole Huff scored 24 points, and teammate Austin McBroom added 22 for Campbell Hall.
Taft 64, Mission Hills 28
C.J. Blackwell, a recruit with interest from Georgetown and Illinois, led Taft with 14 points in a blowout win.
MORE BOYS BASKETBALLNorth County Christian 51, Shandon 30
Daniel Katches led the Crusaders with 18 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.
North County Christian (2-3, 2-0 CVL) used an 18-5 run in the fourth quarter to put the game away and earn its 42nd consecutive league win.
Austin Wiemann scored 10 points, and Haustin Morrison added nine points and 11 rebounds for the Crusaders.
Tommy Harris, Javier Rivera and Jose Diaz scored six points apiece for Shandon.
GIRLS BASKETBALLNorth County Christian 73, Shandon 27
Cristy Scarson scored a game-high 26 points and added six steals for the Crusaders (3-2, 2-0 CVL).
Brianna Feld had a strong all-around performance with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 6 steals, 5 assists and four blocks.
Cheyenne Ricks had eight points and nine rebounds for North County Christian.
Kayla Celis led Shandon with eight points.
Orcutt Academy 17, Coastal Christian 15
Both teams struggled to score against their zone defenses in this defensive battle.
Coastal Christian (1-2) got seven points and 16 rebounds from Grace Napier, and Bethany Young added 10 rebounds.
Garces Holiday Soccer FestivalBOYSSan Luis Obispo 2, San Joaquin Memorial 1
After the Panthers opened scoring in the 15th minute, the Tigers (5-3) got goals from Erick Cordova and Justin Vogel to advance to the semifinal round.
San Luis Obispo coach Johnny Costa said he subbed Cordova in immediately following the first goal of the game, and the move paid dividends as Cordova scored unassisted to send the Tigers into the half with a tie score.
Vogel took a cross from Paul Sullivan in the 63rd minute to score the go-ahead goal. San Luis Obispo plays Clovis East at 10:45 a.m. today at the Kern County Soccer Park in Bakersfield.
“In general,” Costa said, “I think we’re still underperforming as a team. We have a lot more to unleash.”
Coast Union 5, Desert 0
Coast Union had five different players score in a victory over Desert.
The Broncos (3-0) got goals from Uri Escalera, Luis De Alba, Victor Casas, Eddie Torres and Emmany Govinez and assists from Oscar Catalan, De Alba and Casas.
Mira Monte 2, Atascadero 1
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GIRLSPaso Robles 2, Clovis North 1, OT
Senior forward Maria Chavez scored a golden goal in the third minute of overtime off an assist from Maddy Cline in the rain.
Senior defender Krista Broderick gave Paso Robles (6-0) the lead late in the first half, heading in a goal off a corner kick by Cline.
Sophomore goalkeeper Carly McCall made four saves for the Bearcats.
The tournament continues today.
Atascadero 3, Mt. Whitney 0
Atascadero defeated Mt. Whitney (Visalia) on the first day of the tournament.
The Greyhounds (5-0), competing in the Gold A Division, advance to play the winner of Clovis East-Sanger with a chance to advance to the finals of the bracket.
Atascadero got two goals from Kasey Duval and one from Christine Curtis, and Olivia Dobbs added two assists.
Goalkeeper Haley Williamson kept a clean slate for her fourth shutout of the year.
Morro Bay 1, Farmersville 0
The Pirates held Farmersville without a shot on goal in a shutout victory.
Wynn Reeves scored on an assist from Macey Burgeson in the 36th minute to give Morro Bay (2-5-1) the win.
Redwood 2, San Luis Obispo 1
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Mission Prep 3, Mission Oak 2
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