High School Sports

Mission Prep's boys basketball team reaches Elite semifinals

After a 54-47 win Thursday by Mission Prep’s boys basketball team against Marin Catholic, Royals’ coach Terrance Harris said he was glad that his sophomore guard Quinton Adlesh showed up to play.

That’s because Adlesh drilled eight three-pointers in 11 attempts and provided the offensive firepower Mission Prep (6-2) needed to hold off the Wildcats (3-3).

Adlesh scored 28 points for the Royals, who advance to the semifinals of the team’s 14th annual Christmas Classic tournament.

Mission Prep faces  Mission Hills High (San Marcos) at 6 tonight after Mission Hills beat Righetti 66-47 on Thursday.

“It was a good thing Quinton was here tonight,” Harris said. “He shot well, he created well, and it was a battle. It was a nice to get the win.”

After an opening couple of minutes of firing and missing from long range and facing a 7-2 deficit, Harris called a timeout and urged his team to work the offense for better looks.

 As the game progressed, Harris said he was happier with Royals’ ball movement, particularly the play of role players such as Patrick Laird, who had eight points and a team-high five assists, and power forward Evan Talbert, who took a charge late in the game to give the Royals possession in a key moment.

“I just want good offense,” Harris said. “We were taking quick shots and not moving the ball well to get rhythm early in that first quarter. I told them at halftime, if we move the ball well and play together we’ll have success.”

Adlesh, who scored Mission Prep’s first bucket of the game off a drive down the lane, hit his 3s off mostly open looks from right behind the line. But in the fourth quarter, he buried one 3 about four feet behind the arc to give the Royals a 47-40 lead. Adlesh hit five of his 3-pointers in the second half.

“I felt like my shot was off yesterday (in a 72-57 loss to Bishop Montgomery in an exhibition game),” Adlesh said. “So I put some shots up today to practice before the game to get the feel back. Tonight’s game, it was easier to find my shots within our offense without as much ball pressure.”

 Marin Catholic was led by Nick Calcaterra, who had 26 points and gave his team bursts of scoring under a patient offense with a lot of backdoor screens and perimeter movement.  The Wildcats rarely attempted a 3. Only Calcaterra converted on one for the Wildcats.

The game was still close with about two minutes left as Calcaterra was fouled on a made layup and then sunk the free throw to bring the score to 47-43.

But a pair of Laird free throws pushed the score to 49-43 with a minute left in, and Laird hit two more with 13 seconds to put the game out of reach at 53-47.

Mission Prep sophomore guard Brandon Jones also was fouled and converted both free throws with about 30 seconds left to help maintain the lead. Conner Woolpert had seven points and six rebounds for the Royals while playing with the flu.

Harris said the game against Mission Hills, which has a 7-foot player, will be a challenge and the Royals will have to “bring an A game to win it.”