Feb 19, 2013 12:01 PM by Andrew Masuda
Five Central Coast boys basketball teams continue their CIF title runs on Tuesday night with four of them battling for spots in Friday's semifinals. Four of the five squads will play on their home courts Tuesday. All five contests tip off at 7:00 pm.
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The Arroyo Grande High boys basketball team returns home to host Redlands East Valley in a Division 2A second round game. The Eagles are coming off a 61-41 first round win at Whitter. The Eagles are 19-8 and seeded 11th in the division. Matt Willkomm scored 20 points and DeSean Scott added 13 in the first round victory for AG. The Wildcats are 20-8 and the #6 seed. Guard Jarrett Ellis leads the team at 15 points per game, while 6-6 junior Eli Chuha averages 14 points and 14 rebounds. Terrence Williams averages 12 points and 5 assists. Arroyo Grande is looking to repeat last year's run to the championship game.
Atascadero is making its fifth-straight quarterfinal appearance. The 8th seeded Greyhounds travel to the top seed in Division 3AA Leuzinger. The Greyhounds are 19-8 overall and coming off a 72-58 second round win over Arlington. Robbie Berwick led the Hounds with 26 points and 10 assists in that game, while Joe Johnson scored 13 and Connor Kim added 12 points and 10 assists. Atascadero has lost three out of the last four postseasons in the quarterfinals. The Hounds lost in the semifinals two years ago. Leuzinger is 21-7. "They're the number one seed of course. But we're very confident. We think we can go down there, everybody stick together and pull out a victory. An upset is waiting to happen," said Berwick, Atascadero's junior point guard. The Olympians are ranked #54 in the state according to MaxPReps. Eric Childress leads the team with 16 points, 4 assists and 4 steals per game. Leuzinger won the CIF title in 2010.
The St. Joseph Knights will hope the third time is the charm. The Knights host Campbell Hall in a Division 4A quarterfinal. St. Joseph has lost its last two quarterfinal games to the Vikings, including a 73-62 loss in North Hollywood last year and a defeat in 2008. The Knights are 21-7 and seeded #3 in the division, while 16-11 Campbell Hall is the #7 seed. The Vikings are led by sophomore guard Aaron Holiday, the younger brother of NBA star Jrue Holiday. He scored 38 points in a win over Atascadero and 41 in a win over Righetti at Mission Prep's Christmas Classic back in December. He scored 28 points in last year's quarterfinal win over St. Joseph. "We're just going to play team defense. Everything we do is a team effort so we're just going to come together and do the best we can," said St. Joseph senior star Case Bruton, who's averaging 21 points per game. Juniors Keith Datu and Curry Parham are also averaging in double figures at 13 and 11 points respectively. The Knights have not advanced to the semifinals since they won the CIF title in 2004.
The Mission Prep boys host 25-5 Saddleback Valley Christian in a Division 5AA quarterfinal game. The 21-7 Royals are the #3 seed, while the Warriors are #6. The Royals have won seven in a row and are looking to make their third-straight semifinal appearance since joining the CIF-Southern Section. "That helps a lot. everybody knows what to expect. Everyone holds each other accountable and everybody wants to win. We all don't have a goal of just making it to CIF, we want to win CIF," said senior point guard Andy Rowley, who scored a team-high 20 points in the Royals' 57-49 second round win over Webb. SVC also won a tight second round game over Yeshiva 59-54, which was tied to start the fourth quarter. The Warriors won the San Joaquin League title.
The Lions are hoping to pull off an upset on their home floor as 2nd seeded Trinity Classical Academy comes to town in a Division 6 quarterfinal. The Lions are the 7th seed and 21-5 overall. They cruised 90-46 and 76-53 in their first two playoff games. Malac Taylor led the team in scoring in both games with 25 and 24 points respectively. He's averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds per game, while Jed Hedlund averages 13 points and 5 assists. Peter Wilson averages 13 points and Andy Wilson is at 11 points per contest. The Knights are 16-5 and coming off an eight point second round victory over Hope Centre Academy. They have three players, who average 11 points per game, in Ian Caddow, Spencer Klehn and Ryan Brooks. Klehn, a 6-1 junior, averages 7.5 rebounds per game, while the 6-3 sophomore Brooks pulls down 9 boards per game. VCA is trying to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2010.
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