The underdog Knights (8-16, 5-8) hung tough against the Royals (16-7, 8-5), but Mission Prep prevailed, 62 - 54, at St. Joseph's Hofschulte Gym and wrapped up a playoff spot.
St. Joseph is battling San Luis Obispo (6-7 PAC 8 League) and Paso Robles (5-8) for the fourth, and last, automatic playoff bid from the PAC 8 League. Second-place Arroyo Grande kept the Tigers from clinching a playoff spot by out-scoring them 24-17 in the fourth quarter and winning 62-57.
St. Joseph will play at San Luis Obispo at 7 p.m. Friday night in a regular season finale. San Luis Obispo won the teams' first meeting 33-30 at St. Joseph.