Feb 17, 2011 3:06 AM by Andrew Masuda

Four boys basketball teams advance to second round of CIF playoffs

Three PAC-7 League boy's basketball teams, along with Mission Prep won their first round games on Wednesday and advanced to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. The Los Padres League teams failed to move on in the postseason.

Atascadero ran by South El Monte. The PAC-7 champion Greyhounds cruised 76-43. Troy Norris led the way with 16 points, Robbie Berwick poured in 15, while Sean Slavin added 11 points. The Greyhounds must travel to Chaminade for a second round game on Friday. Atascadero improved to 23-3 on the season and is looking to better last year's appearance in the third round.

The Arroyo Grande High boys had no problem with Hart. The Eagles cruised to a 64-47 first round win. Andrew Hogue led AG with 20 points. Brent VanderVeen added 15, while Kelly Shepard poured in 17 for Arroyo Grande. AG also hit 15 of its 18 free throws. The Eagles will host Palm Springs on Friday, the #2 seed in Division 3AA. Palm Springs beat El Dorado 60-29 in the first round. AG improved to 20-8 overall.

The Righetti Warriors built a 7 point lead midway early in the fourth quarter, but the visiting Royal Highlanders stormed back to stun 11th seeded Righetti 69-63. The Warriors season ends with a 17-9 record. Van Holloway and Chad Morris are among the six graduating seniors on Righetti.

The San Luis Obispo High boys lost on the road at Bishop Amat 59-47. The Tigers finished the season 12-15 overall after falling to the #6 seed in Division 4AA. The Tigers were led by Michael Hansen's 13 points.

After securing an at-large berth to the playoffs and having to travel nearly 500 miles round trip, the St.Joseph boys beat Riverside Prep 80-40. The Knights were led by Paul Avila, who scored 21 points, while Bebe Vargas added 20 points. St.Joe, the #5 seed in Division 5AA, improved to 15-13 overall. The Knights will host 12th seeded St.Monica on Friday.

The Mission Prep boys, the #4 seed in Division 5AA, won 48-41 at Costa Mesa. Andy Rowley, Arthur Lane and Sam Cowitz each scored 11 points for the Royals, who moved on to the second round. The Royals will host 13th seeded St.Genevieve on Friday.

The Morro Bay High boys were upset in a Division 4A first round game by Covina 73-60. A technical foul late in the third quarter resulted in a six point swing and a ten point deficit for Morro Bay. The Los Padres League champion Pirates were led by Edward Griley, who scored 30 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Morro Bay still enjoyed a season to remember after scoring its first league title in 12 years.

The Nipomo High boys got out to an 11-8 lead, but the Titans could not keep up with Morningside. The Titans lost at home 66-42 to the #4 seed in Division 4A. Ryan McNeil led the Titans with 16 points, while Marc Baker and Cole Holloway added 8 points each. After finishing second in the Los Padres League, Nipomo was making its first ever appearance in the CIF playoffs.

The Crusaders from North County Christian lost big at home to Shalhevet 75-33. NCC finished the season 11-12 overall. Daniel Katches led the Crusaders with 16 points and 13 rebounds. The ninth seeded Firehawks improved to 14-4 overall.

The Cabrillo boys lost 55-15 at home to La Salle, the #14 seed in Division 4A. The Conquistadores season ended with an 11-15 overall record.

Coast Union lost at home 44-32 to Avenal. The Broncos led by 7 at halftime, but were outscored 18-4 in the third quarter. They finished with a 17-8 overall record.

KSBY received no scores from Lompoc High.



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