Playing at home Wednesday night, the Arroyo Grande High boys basketball team proved it’s a contender for the PAC 7 title, defeating Righetti 76-62.
At halftime, the two teams were tied at 27. Arroyo Grande came out in the third quarter firing on all cylinders, outscoring Righetti 25-15 to take command of the game.
The Eagles’ Ryan Echols led all scorers with 22 points. Gunnar Gomez added 18, and Brent Vanderveen had 15. Andrew Hogue scored 12 points for Arroyo Grande (15-7, 5-2).
Van Holloway led Righetti (13-7, 5-2) with 21 points, while Ryan McGready had 20.
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Paso Robles 76, Pioneer Valley 46
The Bearcats (8-12, 2-5 PAC 7) controlled the first three quarters, building a 61-41 lead going into the fourth.
Adam White led Paso Robles with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Richard Curl came off the bench and netted 19 points.
Jake Murray handed out 14 assists with no turnovers for Paso Robles, and Isaiah Jackson added 14 points.
Morro Bay 59, Nipomo 51
The Pirates (12-9, 7-0 Los Padres League) shut down the Titans (11-11, 4-4 LPL) in a decisive second quarter, taking a 30-20 lead at the half.
Marcus Zorovich led all scorers with 20 points for Morro Bay, and he also had five steals. Bryce Owens netted 14 points.
Marc Baker notched 18 points, and Ryan McNeil 12 for the Titans.
Lompoc 40, Templeton 35
Templeton took an early 13-6 lead but committed 23 turnovers in the loss to the Braves.
Andy Garretson led the Eagles with 17 points, and Casey Dakin had nine.
Arroyo Grande 39, Righetti 30
The Eagles (14-3, 6-1 PAC 7), led by Emma Weinreich (10 points, eight rebounds) and Lindsey Wolf (nine points, nine rebounds), edged the Warriors to keep pace with first-place St. Joseph.
Atascadero 50, San Luis Obispo 32
Mary Kate Evans had 16 points, and Shannon Berwick had 13 as Atascadero won.
Erica Chandler had 10 to lead San Luis Obispo.
Morro Bay 40, Nipomo 18
Morro Bay (15-4, 6-1 LPL) took advantage of poor shooting by Nipomo (9-11, 5-3) in the first quarter to jump out to 12-0 lead and never looked back.
Sophomore center Hannah Gilbert led the way for the Pirates with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Megan Hansen contributed nine points and four assists.
Tessa Underwood was the high scorer for Nipomo with five.
Templeton 59, Lompoc 30
The Eagles (11-8, 5-3 LPL) took a 19-3 advantage early and cruised the rest of the way.
Katie Hunter led all scorers for Templeton with 19 points. Carly O’Sullivan added 18 points, seven assists and three steals in the rout.
Arroyo Grande 4, Righetti 1
Pepe Fonseca completed a hat trick as the Eagles (11-4-3, 7-0 PAC 7) remained undefeated in league play.
Morgan Wack had a goal and an assist for the Eagles, and Christian Garcia also had an assist.
Paso Robles 2, Pioneer Valley 2
The Bearcats (13-3-2, 5-1-1 PAC 7) rallied to win.
Paso Robles had goals by Brian Mercado and Erick Medina, and an assist from Daniel James.
San Luis Obispo 2, Atascadero 1
Paul Sullivan knocked a sweeping volley up and over the Greyhounds goalkeeper in the 79th minute to get the win for the Tigers (8-9, 3-4 PAC 7).
San Luis Obispo’s first goal came from Justin Vogel, unassisted.
“We didn’t start off well, losing the ball rather easily,” said Tigers coach Johnny Costa. “To succeed in the future more, it’s really going to come down to keeping better possession of the ball and getting it out of our backfield.”
San Luis Obispo 3, Atascadero 2
The Greyhounds rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit, but the Tigers (10-6-3, 4-2-1 PAC 7) converted late to seal the win.
Brady Candaele scored twice for the Tigers and had an assist. Stevie Goo also had a goal and an assist for the Tigers, and Kiley Norkus added an assist.
“It was the best first half we have played all year,” said Tigers coach John Clarke. “But we got complacent in the second half.”
Paso Robles 9, Pioneer Valley 0
Led by senior Maddy Cline’s hat trick, Paso Robles (12-4-2, 3-4 PAC 7) crushed the Panthers.
Danielle Smith scored a goal and had two assists, and Emilee Brown and Maria Chavez each had a goal and an assist.
Righetti 5, Arroyo Grande 1
Ashley Roese scored a goal in the seventh minute on an assist from Kate Reinhardt, but Arroyo Grande (8-2-3, 3-2-2 PAC 7) couldn’t stop a Warriors run in the second half.