first_imgThe game was close in the first half, with Arroyo taking a six-point lead into the break after Jerry Urbano made a layup with time running out. The teams continued to play close until the end of the third quarter, when Arroyo opened up its first double-digit lead. Arroyo ended up leading by nine at the end of the third quarter. Arroyo High’s boys basketball team got its postseason started on the right foot Wednesday by keeping Garden Grove at bay for a 60-52 victory in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV-AA playoffs. The Knights (15-12) led nearly the entire way but had to continually turn away Garden Grove’s rallies and never took a comfortable lead. “Jerry does all the little things well for our team,” he said. “He’s been our MVP over the past few games.” McCollough also praised Urbano as one of the best defenders in the Valley. The Argonauts were led by Tony Pham’s 17 points. Arroyo’s next opponent is St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano on Friday. The Tartans, the top seed in the division at 19-5 overall, received a bye in the first round. “We’re not gonna lay down, we’re gonna go after them,” McCollough said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Knights opened the fourth quarter with four consecutive points for a 13 point lead. They went on to create their biggest lead, 14, and never looked back. The Argonauts didn’t relent, but their comeback attempt in the fourth quarter came up short. The Knights had three players score in double figures. They were led by Urbano, who had 20 points. Jeremy Morita had 18 and Martin Gomez 12 in the winning effort. “We got some easy baskets down on their end, and our defense played really well tonight.” Arroyo head coach Lydell McCollough said. He praised his team’s work on defense, Urbano in particular. last_img read more