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Feb 7, 2013 2:04 AM by Andrew Masuda

Pac 7 Boys Hoops: Berwick hits buzzer-beater, Hounds tie Righetti for first place

Robbie Berwick hit a game-winning three pointer as time expired to deliver a thrilling come-from-behind 66-63 win over Righetti Wednesday night. Fans charged the court and lifted the junior point guard on their shoulder to celebrate the fact that Atascadero and Righetti are tied for first with one game to play with 9-2 marks in Pac 7 League play.

Berwick scored 11 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back three point buckets to tie the game at 61-61 and erase a 6 point Righetti lead in the fourth quarter.

Jared Stuedemann carried the Hounds in the first quarter to give Atascadero a 15-13 lead after the first quarter. Jared scored 9 points in the first eight minutes and finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the game. Joe Johnson added 9 points and Brady Youngquist added 8.

The Hounds took a 29-25 lead into halftime after Berwick drove inside for a bucket as time expired. Berwick scored 10 points in the second quarter alone.

Righetti's Landon Brown heated up in the second half and drained three of his four 3-point buckets to help the Warriors. Brown and Frankie Platero had 12 points each. Marcus Mc Morris scored 9 of his team-high 17 points in the third quarter. He went 8 for 12 from the free-throw line in the second half.

Atascadero's inside defenders held sophomore sensation Cameron Walker to 15 points, most of which came from the free throw line .

Atascadero led 51-50 after three quarters. Righetti built a six point lead behind buckets from Walker and Platero. Atascadero trailed by six when Berwick hit back-to-back threes to tie the game. Connor Kim intercepted a pass and turned it into a layup to give Atascadero a 63-61 lead with nearly a minute to play. Walker tied it at 63-63 with 29 seconds to play when Mc Morris drove inside and set him up for a layup.

After a time out, Atascadero put the ball in Berwick's hands and he dribbled out the clock until putting up his game-winning shot.

"Even at the end when they got the lead we just said you know we're going to win this game, we're going to fight through this.everybody stuck together. We've been working so hard for a league championship and we finally got it tonight. I'm so proud of everyone," said Berwick.

Atascadero and Righetti play their league finales on Friday. The Hounds will be at last place Pioneer Valley and the Warriors will be at 3-8 san Luis Obispo.

St. Joseph beat San Luis Obispo 70-44 to improve to 8-3 in league and 18-7 overall. Case Bruton led the Knights with 34 points and Curry Parham added 16. David Thoreson led the Tigers with 11.

The Knights still have an outside shot for a three-way tie at the title if they beat Paso Robles Friday and the Hounds and Warriors both lose their league finales.

The Arroyo Grande boys ended league with a 51-43 win over Paso Robles on Wednesday. The game was tied after three quarters, but Brennan Rivera, Matt Willkomm and Cobe Williams lifted AG to the victory. Rivera scored 9 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Willkomm scored 6 of his team-best 18 points in the final eight minutes, while Williams drained 2 three-pointers and finished with 15 points. For the game, AG hit 9 three-pointers. Josh Wilson-Murry led the Bearcats with 17 points and Rudy Binkele pitched in 8. The Bearcats led 18-9 after the first quarter, but dropped to 2-9 in league and 6-18 overall. The Eagles finished the regular season at 7-5 in league and 18-8 overall. They advanced to the CIF playoffs.

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