The Arroyo Grande High boys basketball team didn’t waste much time Saturday night.
Before the Santa Maria (4-5) players worked up a sweat, the Arroyo Grande shooters were lighting it up from every where on the court during a 21-point first quarter.
The Arroyo Grande starters didn’t see the court in the fourth quarter, and the Eagles (5-3) defeated Santa Maria, 66-42.
Despite the fast start, jumping out to an 18-5 lead, Arroyo Grande beat the Santa Maria 2-3 zone with patience.
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“We wanted to look to swing the ball early and attack inside,” Arroyo Grande guard Patrick Angle said. “We just wanted to share the ball and hit good shots.”
Angle hit four shots from beyond the arc and finished with a game-high 20 points. The teams combined to hit 20 shots from 3-point range, with the Eagles draining nine and the Saints adding 11 more.
“My teammates were creating looks for me,” Angle said. “They were attacking and kicking and that’s how we broke their zone down.”
One of those teammates was Bradley Mickey, who finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. After Arroyo Grande led 34-19 at the half, Mickey scored nine of his total in the third quarter as the Eagles blew the game open.
“It’s one of the only times this season we will be outsizing someone, so we definitely had to take advantage of it when we had the opportunity,” Mickey said.
Santa Maria has just three forwards listed on its roster, and most players of their players on the court were 5-foot-10 or under. But a taller team would have had trouble slowing down the Eagles this night. Even when Arroyo Grande shot an air ball, like A.J. Panetta did in the third quarter, Angle was there for the alley-oop score.
“We have started well,” Mickey said. “Our energy has always been high, just whether or not we can defend and hit shots, and tonight we did.”
Arroyo Grande will look for its third win in a row against Dos Pueblos at home Wednesday.
Santa Barbara 75 San Luis Obispo 56
Santa Barbara star Bolden Brace scored the first 11 points against visiting San Luis Obispo, and the Dons never looked back.
Bolden, who verbally commited to play basketball at Northeastern University earlier this year, scored a game-high 32 points, and Santa Barbara (8-1) defeated San Luis Obispo 75-56 to end the Tigers six-game winning streak.
Tigers point guard Seth Moore scored 27 points, connecting on seven 3-pointers.
San Luis Obispo (7-2) is on the road again Tuesday at San Marcos.
Tehachapi 70, Paso Robles 54
Seb Galsim scored 13 points to lead the Beacats in a loss at the North High Shootout in Bakersfield.
Gabe Linn added 11 points and nine rebounds for Paso Robles (3-4).
Coast Union 46, Orcutt Academy 15
The Broncos won the third-place game at the Thacher Tournament.
Sam Mackinnon scored 10 points to lead the Broncos (3-4), and Auggie Johnson added nine points on three 3-pointers. Riley Kennedy scored eight points.
Friday: Morro Bay 66, Lutheran 44
Spencer Cecil scored 13 points and Boden Reaber added 12 for the Pirates, who won their pool at the Gene Duffy Tournament in Calistoga on Friday night.
Tribune staff contributed to this report.