Atascadero High’s Elijah Cooks finished at the rim and from behind the arc Saturday and led the Greyhounds boys basketball team to a 55-52 win over Carlsbad at the Harding Invitational Tournament in Morro Bay.
It was Atascadero’s fourth straight win to start the season.
Cooks had 16 points and 11 rebounds, including three makes from behind the arc, all of which came in the first three quarters. Carlsbad trailed Atascadero by 12 heading into the fourth quarter, but they were able to hold Cooks scoreless in the fourth and used a full-court press to close the Greyhound’s lead to 53-50 with under a minute to play. A pump-fake jump shot by Trevor Howell with 50 seconds left gave Atascadero (4-0) enough breathing room for the win.
Howell, who finished with nine points, also hit two free throws with just over two minutes to play to stave off the Lancers.
“I think we did some good things to get the big lead and then I think we got in a hurry at the end,” Atascadero coach Fred Price said. “The good thing is we still got the win and we can learn from it.”
Cooks was 5 of 11 from the field and had four assists.
“He did a fantastic job,” Price said of Cooks. “He created shots for other players and when he goes up with two hands he boards it and you are not going to get it away from him.
“This was his best game so far.”
Atascadero 6-foot-6 sophomore Kyler Warren was 2-for-2 on 3-pointers and finished with 15 points and four rebounds.
“As the season goes on, I think we have a good bench and that’s what makes us a team. If someone is not having a great night, someone else steps up and plays well,” Price said.
The Arroyo Grande bench saw plenty of court time in the final game of the tournament. The Eagles (3-2) had no problems against Garces in a 63-33 win.
Sasha Bylsma hit four three-pointers and finished with a team-high 14 points. Bradley Mickey had 13 and did not see the court in the fourth quarter.
“What I liked was the way we shared the ball,” Arroyo Grande coach Ryan Glanville said. “We made the extra pass, just looking at the book, we had great balance. Five or six guys scoring between seven and 14 points. That’s a coach’s dream to see that.”
Glanville said he’s happy with the way his team with only two seniors, Mickey and Henry Teiche, has started the season.
“We’re young but this has been a great week for us,” Glanville said. “We got a lot of great experience and the thing is the young guys are really unselfish and move the ball so the rest of it will come in time.”
Arroyo Grande 62, Selma 41
The Eagles beat Selma earlier in its first game Saturday at the Harding Invitational Tournament.
Patrick Angle had 13 points, and Mickey added 11 points.
Arroyo Grande outscored Selma 24-10 in the first quarter.
Bylsma added nine points for the Eagles, who had 10 different players score.
Atascadero 56, Shandon 19
Atascadero defeated Shandon in its first game Saturday.
Nick Medrano had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and Lucas Sprouse and Dallan Roetker each chipped in eight.
Paso Robles 51, Bakersfield Christian 38; Central 89, Paso Robles 30
The Bearcats split a pair of games at the Harding Invitational Tournament.
Sebastian Galsim had 21 points against Bakersfield Christian and Ty Jones added nine points.
Against Central, Galsim scored eight and Jones registered seven in the loss for Paso Robles (2-2).
North 54, Coast Union 44; El Capitan 59, Coast Union 35
Auggie Johnson had 21 points against North for the Broncos, with five 3-pointers, and Jez Lawson had eight points at the Harding Invitational Tournament.
Johnson scored another 20 points against Central.
The Broncos will play Thatcher in the Ojai Valley Tournament beginning Dec. 11.
San Luis Obispo 63, El Capitan 48; San Luis Obispo 45, Bakersfield Christian 42
Nick Attala scored 18 and Seth Moore had 15 points for the Tigers at the Harding Invitational Tournament.
Bowen Schwoerer added 12 points in the victory.
In the Tigers’ second game, Moore hit a three pointer at the buzzer to win. Schwoerer and Will Compton were named to the All-Tournament team.
San Luis Obispo (5-1) went 4-0 in the tournament and hosts Bishop Diego on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Tribune staff contributed to this report