Even after a dismal offensive first half against visiting De La Salle High School, the Lincoln boys’ basketball team had a glimmer of hope when it hit two consecutive baskets early in the third quarter to cut the Spartans’ lead to 28-15.
That hope was squashed quickly and soundly by the defending North Coast Section Division I champions, who went on a 10-0 run and never looked back in a 56-26 win over the Mustangs on Tuesday.
Arizona-bound De La Salle senior shooting guard Elliot Pitts started the third-quarter run with a 3-pointer from the left-hand corner, finished with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and was the only player on either team to score more than eight points.
“We came out a little careless and we had to get them going, then they refocused,” De La Salle coach Frank Allocco said.
Pitts’ smooth jump shot, along with several cutting layups, provided almost all of the offense for the Spartans (4-1), but the difference was ultimately their defense, which limited Lincoln (0-7) to its lowest point total since the 2005-06 season, when the Mustangs lost to De Anza of Richmond 83-25.
Lincoln shot just 26 percent from the floor and 0-for-10 from 3-point range, while the Spartans were efficient and surgical in half-court sets, and shot 49 percent from the field.
Lincoln’s relatively undersized (6-foot-1), big-bodied junior Davion Telfor scored six points and is still an unpolished offensive player, but is the Mustangs’ most versatile threat. He made an immediate impression against the Spartans with two highlight-reel blocks, and went on to lead Lincoln with three steals.
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