Hounds fade late against Royals

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Warren and Colvin face off in first half

SAN LUIS OBISPO —  While many were at home huddled around their television set watching the National Title game between Georgia and Alabama, the Atascadero Greyhounds men’s basketball team was warming up for a game against one of the top two teams in the league.

Senior guard Kyle Colvin is the unquestioned leader of the first Mission Prep Royals who is currently undefeated in league with a 3-0 record and a 9-5 record overall. The stage was set on Monday for a showdown between the Royals top offensive weapon and the Greyhounds top dog, Kyler Warren.

Warren has a few inches on Colvin and has a much more solid build than the slim, angley scorer from Mission. Warren spends most of his time hunkered down in the post with his back to the basketball and one arm raised high in the air calling for the ball while Colvin roams around freely. Even with both teams running zone defenses those in attendance still had plenty of opportunities to see the two skilled shooters dual on the hardwood.

Early in the first quarter the Royals began applying pressure to the Atascadero ball handlers and forced a number of turnovers that were converted into easy scores. When the Royals did set up their half-court offense they passed the ball with effortlessness. Mission would whip the ball from one side of the court to the short corner and back, just messing with the Hounds zone, patiently waiting for a shot they liked.

Colvin began scoring halfway through the first quarter and at one point recorded six straight points for Mission and at the end of the first quarter, the Hounds trailed 12-24.

Early in the first, the Royals had a defender positioned in front of Warren and behind him really limiting his touches. With Warren drawing the double, that left VanAllen open under the hoop and the two big men found each other with beautiful bounce passes multiple times in the first half.

Mission stretched their lead to as many as 14 points in the second quarter, but Atascadero made a furious comeback fueled by their defense. The Hounds held Mission to only 13 total points in the second quarter and as they climbed back into the game. A beautiful bounce pass from Warren to VanAllen cut the lead to 15. A Warren post up followed by a baseline jumper cut the lead down to 11.

After a few more back and forth possessions, Colvin held the ball at the top of the key with a 10 point lead waiting for the last shot of the half. Mission ran their offense and got a clean shot off but missed leaving just over a second on the clock.

Warren raced down the court and pulled up for a three-pointer with only fractions of a second left on the clock and was fouled by Colvin.  With virtually no time remaining on the clock Warren hit all three of his free throws and the Greyhounds went in at halftime trailing 31-37.

The second half was a different story. The Royals came out determined to send a message to the Hounds and did so by turning their six-point lead into a 20 point lead in less than four minutes. Atascadero head coach Fred Price called a timeout with 4:14 left in the third quarter with the score 33-53.

Mission Prep would go on to win the game 47-88. Warren did outduel Colvin in the first half finishing with 19 points to his 16, but in the end, they both scored 24 and Mission went home with a victory.

The Greyhounds went 0-for-10 from behind the three-point line and went 7-for-11 from the free throw line. Atascadero is currently 5-10 overall and will play again on Friday when they host bitter rival Paso Robles.

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