Atascadero High emerged as the clear-cut leader in the PAC 7 boys basketball race Friday with a 75-57 win at Righetti.
Four of the league wins for Atascadero (15-3, 5-0) have come on the road.
The Greyhounds, ranked No. 5 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA poll, led 39-32 at halftime, and put some distance between themselves and the Warriors with a 24-12 third-quarter edge.
“We know we had to go in there and play really well to win,” Atascadero coach Jerry Tamelier said. “We were able to do that. We defended really well, handled their press and really dominated the boards.”
Atascadero’s Troy Norris led all scorers with 23 points. Sean Slavin notched 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Weston Walker got eight points and 10 rebounds.
Robert Berwick and Hayden Mislavsky scored 13 points apiece.
Van Holloway and Ryan McGready led Righetti (10-6, 3-1) with 18 points each.
San Luis Obispo 78, St. Joseph 53
The Tigers (8-9, 2-2 PAC 7) came out strong in the first quarter to go up 21-14 and continued to build on the lead from there.
The Tigers hit nine 3-pointers, including two from the game’s leading scorer, Mike Hansen, who had 18 points.
Matt Hannula scored 17 points, and Matt Moore added 12 for the Tigers.
Morro Bay 60, Santa Maria 53
Edward Griley had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for Morro Bay.
Marcus Zorovich added 17 points, six rebounds and five steals for the Pirates (10-8, 5-0 Los Padres League).
Nipomo 44, Lompoc 42
A 14-8 fourth-quarter finish propelled the Titans to the win.
Ryan McNeil and Marc Baker each had 13 points to lead Nipomo (9-10, 3-2 LPL), with McNeil knocking down a trio of 3-pointers.
Cabrillo 55, Templeton 51, OT
Daniel Terrones, Aaron Millis and the rest of the Conquistadores outlasted the Eagles.
Terrones scored a team-high 15 points, and Millis added 11.
For Templeton (2-12, 1-4), Andy Garretson scored a game-high 23 points, and Casey Dakin scored 13.
Coast Union 42, Cuyama Valley 28
Dylan Vialpando scored a team-high 15 points, and Eddie Salazar had 12 to push the Broncos (9-7, 5-0 Coast Valley League) to the victory.
Vialpando also had 13 rebounds for a double-double. Salazar grabbed 13 rebounds, as well, and finished with seven steals.
N. Co. Christian 52, Orcutt Academy 21
Daniel Katches paced the Crusaders (5-8) with 13 points, and Haustin Morrison chipped in 11 in the victory.
Arroyo Grande 51, Paso Robles 38
The Eagles (15-2, 5-0 PAC 7) stayed undefeated in league play as they cruised to a win over the Bearcats (9-8, 2-2).
Arroyo Grande came out firing, with a 17-9 first-quarter lead, and later won the third quarter 17-10, which all but sealed the game.
“It was a grind-it-out kind of game,” Paso Robles coach Mike Gray said. “They really won the game in the first and third quarters. Our free-throw shooting didn’t help either.”
Paso Robles was 5 of 17 at the free-throw line.
Arroyo Grande’s Madi Ventura led all scorers with 17 points, and teammate Haley MacDonald added 12 points.
For the Bearcats, Amani White had 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Righetti 45, Atascadero 43
Although the Greyhounds rallied with a 28-15 second-half advantage, they couldn’t overcome a 30-15 halftime deficit.
Atascadero (11-5, 2-3 PAC 7) struggled through a 6-of-15 effort from the free-throw line.
Alyssa Palma had four 3-pointers and finished with 21 points to lead the Greyhounds, and Shannon Berwick had 10 points.
St. Joseph 78, San Luis Obispo 24
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Templeton 70, Cabrillo 37
With 21 points, Lauren Stuedemann helped lead the Eagles (10-6, 4-1 LPL).
Jeanine Madson came off the Eagles bench and scored 12 points. Katie Hunter and Paige O’Sullivan both netted nine points for the Eagles.
Lompoc 48, Nipomo 33
The Braves (6-10, 3-2 LPL) hit their stride in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Titans (7-10, 3-2 LPL) 20-8 to get the win.
Geneva Taylor led Nipomo with nine points.
Morro Bay 58, Santa Maria 28
Megan Hansen’s five 3-pointers proved to be enough to help defeat the Saints.
Hansen scored 17 points to lead all scorers.
Carli Watt was the next-leading scorer for the Pirates (12-4, 4-1 LPL) with 13.
N. Co. Christian 77, Orcutt Academy 41
Brianna Feld had 28 points to lead the Crusaders to the nonleague win, and Cristy Scarson added 25.
North County Christian (8-5) led 20-4 after the first quarter.
Coast Union 54, Cuyama Valley 5
Coast Union held a 35-1 advantage in the first half and didn’t let up en route to a CVL blowout.
Nicky Ortiz scored a team-high 10 points for the Broncos (6-10, 4-1 CVL).
Arroyo Grande 2, Paso Robles 0
Mallory Flatebo scored in the 23rd minute off a Jenna Harshbarger assist to kick off the scoring for the Eagles (8-1-3, 3-1-1 PAC 7).
The second goal came in the 65th minute from Ashley Roese. Eagles goalkeeper Mikayla Allan had nine saves.
St. Joseph 3, San Luis Obispo 1
Emily Babcock scored the only goal for the Tigers (8-5-3, 2-1-1 PAC 7) on an assist from Jena Wilson.
Kelly Koch made four saves for San Luis Obispo.
San Luis Obispo 6, St. Joseph 0
San Luis Obispo (7-7, 2-2 PAC 7) led 1-0 at halftime on an own-goal and then dominated the second half with goals from Jordan Knauer, Trevor James, Miko Thule, Paul Sullivan and Mason Cleek.