The battle between the two playoff quarterfinalists from the Los Padres League last year went Cabrillo’s way – further extending the boys basketball team’s LPL winning streak to 32 games.
The Conquistadores jumped out to a large margin and never let the foot off the gas pedal by routing Santa Ynez 73-36 on Thursday night in Vandenberg Village.
Both teams made deep runs in the CIF Southern Section postseason one year ago – Cabrillo falling to Santa Fe Springs St. Paul 61-60 while Santa Ynez fell to Los Angeles Milken 54-42, both losses denying a trip to the semifinals for the local teams.
But once CHS newcomer Austin Olsen won the opening tip, the romp was on.
Olsen, who came to the Conqs via Righetti High, immediately deflected the ball toward a sprinting LeAndrew Knight who finished with the fast break layup. Nico Marquez then forced the early Santa Ynez timeout by burying back-to-back 3-pointers, placing CHS up 8-0.
Olsen continued to show his athleticism on the night, as the 6-foot-6, 180-pounder grabbed his own rebound after taking a 3-point attempt and finished by sprinting inside and banking the layup, putting CHS up 10-2.
The Thursday contest was Olsen’s second game in a Conquistador uniform, after sitting out the first half of the season due to CIF transfer rules. His new head coach C.J. Simmons said he knew Olsen would make an immediate impact for the defending LPL champs, who haven’t lost a league game since February of 2015.
“I knew Austin would come in and fit in right away,” Simmons said after the game. “He wasn’t a guy who wanted to come here and take any shine. He wanted to come to a culture that’s a winning culture and just contribute as much as he can.”
Olsen wasn’t the only CHS player overwhelming the Pirates with his athletic genes. So was last year’s All-Area Most Valuable Player Knight.
The senior Knight not only helped push the tempo for the Conqs’ offense, he showed his defensive side by sprinting from behind and swatting one layup attempt. Like Olsen, Knight also grabbed his own basketball following a 3-point attempt and charged to the hoop, sinking his 2-pointer in to extend the lead to 51-26 in the third quarter.
Olsen wound up leading the way with 17 points. Knight finished with 14 points and the block. Junior Blake Beecher finished with seven points including one 3-point shot that swished through the net before the final buzzard in the second quarter. Marquez finished with six points.
Overall, Simmons liked the energy that was on display – especially against one of the better teams from the LPL one season ago.
“My boys played really well. It’s actually the second game we’ve played with a full 13 guys,” Simmons said. “It’s definitely paying off. We’ve had an interesting preseason with losing games and not being able to practice (due to the Thomas fire). We didn’t have much game experience. But they came out tonight and played really well defensively. Plus shots were falling. It was great to see.”
Cabrillo returns home to face city rival and league foe Lompoc High at 6:30 p.m., which will also be the first time CHS will play against former Conquistador Jordan Tyler, who transferred to LHS during the offseason.
Cabrillo 67, Santa Ynez 22
The Conquistador girls basketball team also extended their winning streak in LPL games after the 45-point drubbing of the Pirates on the road, going 19 wins in a row now in league battles.
Erin Jenkins finished with 27 points for CHS. Alyssa McCune added 12 points for the Conqs. Morgan McIntyre added nine points for CHS.
Defensively, Cabrillo (10-2, 2-0 in the LPL) had 11 steals and three blocks.
Lompoc 77, Santa Maria 26
Four Braves scored in double figures, and the Lompoc defense made it tough for the Saints to score in this Los Padres League game at Wilson Gym.
"This was a great defensive effort tonight," said Lompoc coach Claudia Terrones. "We had a lot of energy to bounce back after our loss to Templeton on Tuesday."
Danielle Morgan scored 17 points for Lompoc (6-6, 1-1). Mya Mendoza put in 15 points, Kayla Taylor had 14 and Bella Robles added 13.
Lompoc 2, Santa Maria 0
The Braves blanked the defending LPL champs from last year on Thursday night at Huyck Stadium.
J.D Montelongo scored on a free kick, while Martin Melero scored on a penalty kick for the Braves.
Lompoc improved to 5-4-2 overall and 2-0 in the LPL. The Saints are 6-5-1 and 1-1 in league play.
Lompoc 4, Santa Maria 0
The Braves improved to 2-0 in LPL games with their shutout of the Saints on the road.
Marina Tamayo, Selena Garcia, Azyiah Simmons and Lisa Bueno all scored for LHS. Cassandra Ceja prevented the ball from crossing the net at goal keeper.