Arroyo Grande High defeated West Torrance 55-37 Friday to advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA boys basketball playoffs.
The Eagles’ Brent VanderVeen led all scorers with 24 points, six blocks and five steals. Gunnar Gomez added 18 points for Arroyo Grande (20-8), and Matt Willkomm dished out a game-high five assists.
Brandon Yamada led the Warriors with 13 points, and Jamin Lackey added eight.
After trailing the entire game, West Torrance (19-8) tied score at 32 midway through the fourth quarter.
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However, Gomez, Willkomm and VanderVeen responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Eagles up by nine. Arroyo Grande finished the game on a 23-5 run to clinch the victory.
In the next round, the Eagles will face No. 1 seeded Damien or Citrus Valley.
Atascadero 60, Northview 51
The Greyhounds (18-9) beat the Vikings (21-9) in the Division 3A playoffs behind 16 points from Robbie Berwick. Atascadero’s Jared Stuedemann scored 12 points, and Kevin Woodard added 10.
“We defended really well, we knew they were a good shooting team and we did well with the screens.” Atascadero coach Jerry Tamelier said.
Atascadero is now into the quarterfinals for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
Atascadero will play Oak Park or Estancia on Tuesday in quarterfinals.
Corona del Mar 61, San Luis Obispo 49
The Tigers were eliminated in the second round of the Division 3A playoffs with their loss to the Sea Kings at Morro Bay High.
Chandler Torres led San Luis Obispo (14-13) with 16 points, and David Thoresen added 14.
Despite trailing by only two points at the start of the fourth quarter, the Tigers struggled down the stretch and were outscored 18-8 to end the game.
Diamond Bar 2, Arroyo Grande 1
The Eagles lost in the Division 3 playoffs to end their season.
Nadine Reed scored the only Eagles goal off her back heel, assisted by Lupita Leon to tie the score at 1.
Diamond Bar got the winning goal in the 42nd minute and Arroyo Grande “sent everybody up” to attempt another shot according to Arroyo Grande assistant coach Johnnie Reinhardt.
“The girls played really well and had very pretty passing,” Reinhardt said.
Rio Mesa 6, Nipomo 1
Kaitlyne Fernandez scored the lone goal for the Titans as Nipomo (13-8-2) was eliminated in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs in their first trip to the postseason since 2005.