After a 12-year drought, the Morro Bay High boys basketball team clinched a league title Friday night.
The Pirates clinched the Los Padres League championship at Templeton, winning 45-42 in overtime.
“Everyone did their jobs tonight and battled hard,” Pirates coach Dave Yamate said. “Templeton fought us tooth-and-nail all night, but the guys never gave up and got themselves a league title with two games to spare.”
Carlo Green, Luke Munds and Bryce Owens were the clutch players of the night, converting key shots in crunch time for the Pirates (14-10, 9-1 LPL).
With Morro Bay trailing by six most of the way through the fourth quarter, Munds hit a timely 3-pointer to cut the lead in half. With four seconds to go in regulation, Green hit another 3 to tie the score and send the game into overtime.
Going neck-and-neck in OT, Owens hit a late 3 to give the Pirates a 41-40 lead. Green then hit two free throws with a few seconds to go to seal the win.
Munds finished with nine points, Owens with eight and Green with seven.
Edward Griley led Morro Bay with 11 points and 17 rebounds.
Templeton was led by Andy Garretson, who had 13 points.
“I was really proud of my boys, and it’s nice to see the team continually get better, especially because we are so young,” Eagles coach Fred Price said. “It was definitely a great high school game.”
Atascadero 65, St. Joseph 52
The Greyhounds (20-3, 10-0) clinched at least a share of the PAC 7 championship, their second in three seasons.
Shooting 6 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half, the Knights held a 34-30 lead at halftime, only to crumble in the second half.
Sean Slavin led the Greyhounds with 18 points. Troy Norris and Weston Walker added 15 and 12, respectively.
Righetti (15-7, 7-2) is the only team left that can tie Atascadero for the crown. Atascadero will host the Warriors at 7 p.m. Monday with a chance to clinch the title outright. The Greyhounds then close out the regular season at last-place, winless Pioneer Valley on Wednesday night.
Coast Union 43, Shandon 21
The Broncos (15-7, 10-0 Coast Valley League) remained undefeated in league play.
They led 23-6 at halftime.
Eddie Salazar scored 14 points, and Sean Mertens and Connor Cunningham both scored 10 points for the Broncos.
North County Christian 65, Cuyama Valley 55
The Crusaders turned a one-point halftime lead into a 10-point victory.
Two players scored career highs for North County Christian (10-10, 8-3 CVL). Taylor Brard scored a career-high 17 points, and Jonathan Katches scored 11.
Daniel Katches added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Crusaders.
Arroyo Grande 61, San Luis Obispo 18
Emma Weinreich scored 13 points, Haley MacDonald scored 11, and Sarah Rodriguez had 10 for the Eagles (18-4, 8-2 PAC 7).
Arroyo Grande led 40-15 at halftime.
Weinreich also had 12 rebounds, and Madi Ventura grabbed 10 boards for the Eagles.
Malie Guy led the Tigers (1-21, 0-9 PAC 7) with eight points.
Morro Bay 43, Templeton 17
With dominant second and third quarters, the Pirates (17-5, 8-2 LPL) cruised to victory over the Eagles (12-9, 6-4 LPL) and drew even with Santa Ynez atop the league standings.
Sierra Wilcox led a balanced Morro Bay attack with 10 points, Megan Hansen scored eight, and Hannah Gilbert seven.
Gilbert also grabbed 11 rebounds.
North County Christian 61, Cuyama Valley 3
Brianna Feld scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds. Cristy Scarson had 16 points for the Crusaders (13-7, 10-1 CVL).
San Luis Obispo 2, Arroyo Grande 2
With the score tied at 1 in overtime, San Luis Obispo’s Paul Sullivan scored in the 94th minute to give the Tigers the lead.
“I thought we had it won,” San Luis Obispo coach Johnny Costa said.
Arroyo Grande scored with two minutes left in the overtime period to give the Tigers their first tie of the season.
“That’s Arroyo Grande,” Costa said. “They are not ones to give up, especially not against San Luis Obispo High.”
Matt Connely gave the Tigers (10-9-1, 4-4-1 PAC 7) an early 1-0 lead off an Erick Cordova assist.
“It was probably the best performance I have ever seen (San Luis Obispo) play,” Arroyo Grande coach Brad Bowdey said.
Arroyo Grande (12-5-4, 8-1-1) answered with a goal in the 20th minute.
Atascadero 6, St. Joseph 0
Jacob Schwarm and Rocco Coppo both scored two goals for Atascadero (3-13-1, 2-8 PAC 7), which led 2-0 at halftime and dominated the second half.
Arroyo Grande 1, San Luis Obispo 0
A goal for the Eagles (11-2-3, 6-2-2 PAC 7) in the 38th minute proved to be the difference against the Tigers (10-8-3, 4-4-1 PAC 7).
Ashley Roese cleaned up a missed shot for the goal. Kate Reinhardt had the assist.
“It was a great battle. Both teams definitely had their chances,” Tigers coach John Clarke said. “It really could have gone either way. Arroyo Grande got the win, but a lot of credit is due to my girls who worked their eyeballs out.”
Mission Prep 3, Orcutt Academy 1
Sydney Rathjens scored twice for the Royals (8-10-3).
Jessica Culver had the other goal and had an assist. Helaina Hurwitz made 10 saves in goal for the Royals.
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Arroyo Grande at So Cal Championships
The Eagles won both of their games in Irvine, placing them in a bracket that will decide the 16th- through 20th-place teams today.
Against Fountain Valley, Arroyo Grande won 12-8. Kim Johnson scored four goals, and Katie Sverchek scored three. Kylie Anderson had 12 saves in goal.
Against Canyon, Johnson scored five goals, and Sverchek scored three in a 15-3 win. Anderson had 14 saves.