Hounds and Eagles get first look at boys basketball teams

TEMPLETON — The Templeton Eagles and Atascadero Greyhounds tipped off their boys’ basketball seasons this week with a scrimmage against one another Tuesday night in Templeton.

The match between the two cross-town schools was only a friendly and was intended to help manage pregame jitters, knock off a little rust, solidify rotations and even break in the officials and scorekeepers.

The Greyhounds finished last season 16-11 overall with an 8-6 record in league, which placed them fourth in the PAC 8. The Hounds will have to replace two of their three all-league selections from last season as Elijah Cooks and Marco Rojas have both graduated, but look to depend heavily on their skilled big man Kyler Warren.

The Templeton Eagles completed last season with an overall record of 5-17 and finished seventh in the Los Padres league a season ago. The Eagles come into this season with a team that has a nice mix of older and younger players. Senior Jordan Stowers and junior Max Jensen both shot the ball well on Tuesday against the Hounds, especially from the perimeter.

While the scoreboards weren’t turned on it was pretty clear Atascadero had the advantage in most places on Tuesday. Warren’s 6-foot-8-inch frame made life very difficult for the Eagles to score on the inside, and his patience with the ball on offense led to many easy buckets for the Hounds.

“It was great,” Warren said after the game. “I have been waiting for this year my whole life so I was really excited.”

While there were no official stats kept, unofficially it looked as if Warren scored around 20 points before sitting out most of the final period.

Levi Williams played efficiently and kept the ball moving from side to side for the and Preston Hallett was able to get free for a couple wide open three-pointers.

“I really like the way they shared the ball,” Atascadero Head Basketball Coach Fred Price said. “I mean our high low passing, hitting cutters, they did a fantastic job moving the ball so I was really happy to see that.”

Offensively the Eagles struggled in the the first two-quarters of play. The Greyhounds have two players at 6-feet-7-inches or taller and a few other players at 6-feet-2-inches or taller and their length really made it difficult inside.

“I liked our intensity, I mean, we gave up a ton of size.” Templeton Head Coach Andrew Cherry said. “That, for my recollection, might be one of the biggest teams around here in a long time overall size-wise and we are probably one of the shorter teams.”

With the middle being all clogged up, the Eagles began taking shots from beyond the arc. Stowers and Jensen each finished the night making three three-pointers.

“I was happy with what we did,” Coach Cherry added. “I was much happier with the second half than the first half. I think that first half was kind of deer in the headlights. They came out and we talked about playing with just a little bit more grit in the second half and I think we did that.”


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