Lincoln stuns De La Salle to advance in state playoffs 

Last week, Lincoln High School boys’ basketball coach Matt Jackson said his team wanted “to be greater than the AAA.”

On Wednesday night, the Academic Athletic Association-San Francisco Section champions were just that.

Tenth-seeded Lincoln pulled off a huge upset in the first round of the CIF Northern California Division I playoffs, beating perennial power De La Salle High School (Concord) 53-47 at Kezar Pavilion.

While seventh-seeded De La Salle (21-9) isn’t as invincible in basketball as it is in football, the Spartans have won two state basketball titles, advanced to the state title game as recently as 2011 and are always a tough out in the playoffs.

But Lincoln (25-8) found a way to pull off arguably the biggest win in recent years by a San Francisco Section team.

The road doesn’t get an easier for the Mustangs, however, as second-seeded Jesuit (Carmichael) awaits in the second round Saturday. Jesuit (28-3) is ranked 19th in the state by

ST. IGNATIUS 69, Washington 60

Trevor Dunbar and Julian Marcu each scored 17 points as No. 8 St. Ignatius (23-6) toppled No. 9 Washington (Fremont) to advance to the second round of the NorCal Division II bracket. The Wildcats face top-seeded Folsom on Saturday.


Mattie Mrlik scored 20 points and the No. 8 Red Devils (25-7) were able to rally late for the victory in Division V action. University now faces top-seeded Central Catholic on Saturday.


In boys’ Division IV, No. 14 Marshall (17-13) was routed 67-29 by No. 3 Half Moon Bay (25-5) ... No. 6 Stuart Hall (24-7) kept its season alive in boys’ Division V action with a 55-45 victory over No. 11 Mount Shasta (24-4). ... AAA champion and 10th-seeded Lowell (22-6) ran out of steam in a 50-43 loss to Monte Vista (Danville) in a first-round Division I girls’ game. ... In girls’ Division I, AAA runner-up and 14th-seeded Galileo (18-9) couldn’t keep up with No. 3 Wilcox (Santa Clara) in a 57-41 loss. ... No. 3 International (19-10) cruised into the next round of the girls’ Division V playoffs with a 72-53 victory against Weed.

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