The Mission Prep boys basketball team closed out its Christmas Classic tournament with a 63-50 victory over Cathedral on Tuesday at Cowitz Court to finish 2-2 in the four-day event.
After giving up 19 points in the second quarter and going into the half up by just four points, Mission Prep coach Terrance Harris simply reminded his team to play help defense.
It was about the only reminder the Royals (6-4) needed to play as a team.
Offensively, Mission Prep assisted on 21 of its 28 field goals, and buckled down defensively to hold Cathedral to nine points in the third quarter and outscore them 31-22 in the second half.
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“We just did what we were supposed to do in the second half,” Harris said.
Mission Prep’s Zach Allmon notched another double-double with 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Andy Rowley added 15 points.
Stockdale 67, San Luis Obispo 58
Steve Sainsbury led the Tigers with 20 points in a loss to Stockdale of Bakersfield.
Mike Hansen added 13 points for San Luis Obispo, which led 33-30 at halftime.
The Tigers (4-5) broke even at the Mission Prep Christmas Classic, finishing 2-2.
“I was pleased with our play at the tournament,” San Luis Obispo coach Jim Thompson said. “We continue to get better as a team, but we turned the ball over too much to beat a good team today.”
OTHER CHRISTMAS CLASSIC GAMES
Taft 50, Pasadena 47
National Division MVP C.J. Blackwell scored 17 points and Taft won the National Division title after a Pasadena 3-point attempt to tie the score late fell short.
Granite Bay 54, Mission Hills 39
In his MVP performance, Robert Duncan scored 19 points to lead Granite Bay to the Elite Division title.
Price 54, Washington 53
Washington nearly erased a six-point deficit with under two minutes to play, but Price held on for third place in the National Division.
Campolindo 53, Santa Clara 39
After jumping out to a 25-1 lead, the Cougars never looked back to wrap up third place in the Elite Division.
Campbell Hall 51, Marin Catholic 46
Campbell Hall got 19 points from Cole Huff to hold off Marin Catholic.
Stockdale 70, Sylmar 65
Despite leading all scorers with 27 points, Alex Moreno couldn’t put Sylmar over the top against Vinny Lid-gett (25 points) and Stockdale.
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Atascadero 69, Templeton 32
Troy Norris scored a game-high 22 points as Atascadero scored 32 points in the third quarter.
The Greyhounds (8-2) suffered through a four-point second quarter before turning the jets on in the third.
Sean Slavin scored 11 points for Atascadero, and Rob Berwick added nine in the win.
Arroyo Grande 51, Newbury Park 43
Gunnar Gomez led a trio of Eagles in double figures with 13 points as Arroyo Grande finished the game on an 18-4 run to win at the National Prep Classic in Santa Maria.
Ryan Echols and Garrett Weinreich scored 10 apiece for the Eagles (9-5).
Arroyo Grande 46, Yorba Linda 43
The Eagles went ahead by 15 at the half and stayed ahead despite a late Yorba Linda run.
Arroyo Grande (9-1) was outscored 12-5 in the final quarter but never gave up the lead to advance to the semifinals of the Gold Division, the upper division of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions.
Lindsay Wolf had 14 points and five rebounds to lead the Eagles, and Madi Ventura did a little of everything with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Atascadero 57, Santa Ynez 33
Alyssa Palma scored a season-high 23 points, and the Greyhounds advanced to the semifinals of the Green Division bracket, the lower division of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions.
The Greyhounds (8-1) also got 13 points from Shannon Berwick and nine from Emily Boege.
Dana Hills 46, Morro Bay 31
Megan Hansen scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Pirates’ loss.
Hansen hit 9 of 9 free throws, and Hannah Gilbert scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds.
Dana Hills outscored Morro Bay (8-2) 14-7 in the first quarter and never looked back.
Nipomo 48, Palmdale 30
Tessa Underwood scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Titans.
Nipomo’s defense limited Palmdale to just four points in each of the first two quarters as the Titans led 25-8 at halftime.
Jessica Miller added nine points for the Titans (4-8), who will play Rio Mesa at 4 this afternoon.
Palos Verdes 2, Arroyo Grande 0; Arroyo Grande 1, El Segundo 0
After coming out uninspired in its early game, Arroyo Grande (4-3-3) played like it had something to prove against El Segundo, to split games on the first day of the South Torrance Tournament.
“Defensively we played an extremely solid game and it was an extremely high spirited, high energy game,” said Arroyo Grande coach Brad Bowdey of the second game.
Christian Chora scored his team-leading third goal of the season in the fifth minute and Arroyo Grande out shot El Segundo 12-3 after losing to Palos Verdes.