Hom scores 25 to put Lowell on top of division 

As Travis Hom goes, so goes the Lowell boys’ basketball team. And against visiting International Studies Academy on Thursday, Hom was going off.

The junior guard scored 25 points to lead the Cardinals over the Cobras 70-66 in a battle for first place in the Academic Athletic Association’s Neff Division.

By virtue of Galileo’s overtime win over Wallenberg, Lowell (24-4, 13-2 AAA) is now all alone in first place with one game to go in the regular season. ISA is 16-8 overall, 12-3 in the AAA.

"Travis really stepped up his game for us," Lowell coach Robert Ray said. "But this was a total team effort. Arthur Jones really played good defense and to beat a team like ISA it takes a total team effort."

ISA had the lead early behind the play of twins Dominic and Marseilles Stewart.

But Lowell roared back late in the second quarter and buckets by Hom and Jones sparkeda 6-0 run to end the half and put Lowell up 36-35 at intermission.

The lead would extend to eight points by the end of the third quarter as Hom and Jordan Wong (23 points) took turns dissecting the Cobras.

ISA would not go away, however, and a 5-0 run by Dominic Stewart (24 points) which included a 3-point shot and a dunk on a fastbreak helped to cut the Lowell lead to three points at 67-64.

Raymond Whitley then hit two free throws to bring the Cobras within one point with 32 seconds remaining in the game.

But Wong hit two free throws late to extend the lead and put the game out of reach for the Cobras.

Lincoln 75, Washington 60

Star guard Kevin Robinson had 32 points as the Mustangs (19-11, 12-3 AAA) beat the Eagles (20-12, 9-6) to clinch the AAA’s Lang Division title. Robinson made eight 3-pointers as Lincoln spread out the Washington defense to get repeated open looks from the perimeter.

"We try to spread the floor and penetrate and kick," Lincoln coach Mike Gragnani said. "We fed Kevin Robinson really well and he’s a confident kid."

Junior Isiah Pfitzer had 25 points to lead the Eagles, while Jahrial Taylor had 23 and Cary Kato had 12. But they were the only three Washington players to score.

"We try to force the tempo of the game. We get pressure on Pfitzer and make him put the ball on the floor, because he’s a dangerous shooter," Gragnani said.

With the Lang Division title secure, Lincoln plays at Mission on Tuesday before the playoffs begin.

"Mission has got a lot of good guards," Gragnani said. "It’ll be a nice tune-up game going into the playoffs. We need a game with a lot of intensity and I guarantee they’re going to bring it."

— Jesse Haley

Galileo 64, Wallenberg 62 (OT)

Brandon Fong made two free throws with 4 seconds left in overtime to lead the Lions (13-13, 9-6) to an upset win over the Bulldogs (20-7, 12-3).

Wallenberg’s Michael Chiu (10 points) forced overtime with a 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation, but Mike Traikov countered with a trey on Galileo’s first possession of the extra period to help the Lions recapture the momentum.

Deante Bernstine led Galileo with 20 points, while Tyler Nelson chipped in 14. Ronney Freeman had 19 for Wallenberg.

— Staff report

Marshall 79, Jordan 38

Derrick Hines had 17 points and Daniel Irizarry added 13 as the Phoenix (10-17, 5-10) downed the Jaguars (0-15). Ray Walker chipped in 12 for Marshall, which trailed 11-9 after the first quarter but outscored Jordan 51-14 over the next two quarters.

— Staff report

Small Schools Bridge League

Jewish Community 75, Candell Prep (Oakland) 53

SONOMA — Jojo Grossbard poured in 19 points and Gav Matt added 17 as the Wolves (18-3) beat the Cobras (11-5) to win the Small Schools Bridge League tournament title.

Mike Yagudayev added 14 for Jewish Community, which went 15-0 against league opponents this season. The team now awaits word on whether they will receive a bid to the North Coast Section tournament, beginning next week.

— Staff report

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