Lincoln outlasts Mission 

The Mission boys’ basketball team came to Lincoln on Friday looking to run early and often. The Mustangs, trying to remain unbeaten in Academic Athletic Association play, obliged.

When the dust settled, the Bears had lost a 77-73 overtime thriller. Lincoln improved to 11-9 overall and remained perfect in the AAA at 5-0 — and the crowd had whiplash from watching the two teams speed up and down the court.

"That’s our game," said Lincoln coach Mike Gragnani, following his team’s dramatic win. "It’s new for our guys. Sometimes they think I’m crazy, but we want to play at this tempo."

It worked for Lincoln senior Kevin Robinson. The team’s leading scorer, Robinson pumped in 30 points, including 22 in the second half and overtime, including a twisting, slashing layup to put his team ahead 69-67 with five seconds left in regulation.

Mission (7-6, 3-2), whose answer to Robinson was junior Harry Howard (26 points), then dramatically tied it at the buzzer with a tip-in from Jordan Pusung, who posted 20 points and 20 gritty rebounds. Pusung provided the punch Mission usually gets from center Ronnell Foster, who scored just eight points, five below his season average, and spent the entire game entangled with wide-bodied Mustang Bobby Harrison.

With all of the scoring, however, it was a defensive stop, by Lincoln reserve center Kamani Edwards that sealed the Mustangs’ win. Edwards blocked a Harry Howard jumper with 21 seconds left in OT and Lincoln up by four.

"We have a lot of confidence [during] overtime," Gragnani said. "Twice this year we’ve played OT and we’ve won both times. Our home floor, overtime, we believe that we can win the game."

Lowell 72, Galileo 56

Travis Hom scored 18 points, Daniel Situ dropped in 15 and Arthur Jones added 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Cardinals outran the Lions. A stifling defense helped Lowell outscore Galileo 34-19 in the second half.

Lowell (15-3, 4-1) jumped out fast and went up 22-15 after the first quarter, but Galileo rallied back, cutting the lead to 38-37 by the end of an exciting first half of play.

The Cardinals hunkered down defensively after the break, holding the Lions (7-9, 3-2) to just nine third quarter points, while stretching their advantage to 60-46 heading into the fourth.

Hom was the catalyst in the third, scoring nine points, including six in a 9-0 run that increased Lowell’s lead to 53-44. Galileo would get no closer than six the rest of the game.

"We came out after halftime and cut down on our turnovers and really increased our pressure defense," said Hom, who added four assists. "We know we can get after teams defensively, and usually that leads to fast break points for us."

The Cardinals victory over Galileo was their first after having their 21-game winning steak snapped in a 74-72 overtime loss at International Studies Academy on Wednesday.

"Every team we play seems to have their best game against us," Lowell coach Robert Ray said. "We have to be prepared for that because that’s what happens when you’ve been on the top."

— Will Reisman

Washington 86, Marshall 60

Isiah Pfitzer scored 28 points to lead the Eagles (12-7, 4-1) to a road win over the Phoenix (7-9, 2-3). Cary Kato added 18 and Aaron Garrette chipped in 15 for Washington, which played without star forward Jahrail Taylor. Taylor was forced to sit out a game after receiving two technical fouls against Lincoln on Wednesday.

Derrick Hines led Marshall with 26 points, including six 3-pointers.

— Staff report

Wallenberg 57, Burton 51

Kurtis Wong and Rodney Freeman each had 14 points and Ronney Freeman added 13 as the Bulldogs (12-5, 4-1) beat the host Pumas (5-10, 1-4).

The game was tied entering the fourth quarter, and Ronney Freeman hit a 3-pointer with just over two minutes remaining to give Wallenberg a five-point lead. The Bulldogs iced the game from the free throw line, draining 11 of 13 attempts in the final period. Wong made 6 of 7 foul shots in the fourth quarter, and was 11-for-12 overall from the line.

— Staff report

ISA 85, O’Connell 42

Greg Valentine scored 17 of his 21 points in the first quarter as the Cobras (6-7, 3-2) got off to a fast start and cruised to a win over the Boilermakers (0-13, 0-5).

Twins Dominic (23 points) and Marseilles Stewart (21) played well again for ISA, while freshman guard Jamil Morgan scored 19 points and continued to impress for O’Connell.

— Staff report


Lick-Wilmerding 57, University 52

OAKLAND — Marcus Wells finished three assists short of a triple-double as the Tigers (11-5, 3-0) topped the Red Devils (13-4, 3-1) in a Bay Counties League West game at Oracle Arena.

Wells controlled the pace from the beginning and scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the first half, helping Lick-Wilmerding take a 30-17 lead. The guard finished the with 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in front of approximately 1,000 fans as the Tigers avenged three straight losses over the past two seasons.

"Basketball-wise, this is about the best thing that’s ever happened to me," Wells said. "This was happiness."

Justin Costa-Roberts (12 points), Nick Hemenway (12) and Nick Miller (11) also reached double figures for the Tigers, who led by 15 early in the second half.

But Brian Park (17 points) and Chuk Nwadibia (11) were not about to let their opportunity to play on the Warriors’ home floor end in a blowout. The duo combined for 23 second-half points as University cut the lead to five with just over a minute to play, but could get no closer.

— Matt Elliser

Leadership 52, Waldorf 48

Dante Stuart scored 12 points, including a clinching free throw, as the Griffins (6-9, 2-0) edged the Wolverines (6-9, 1-1).

Waldorf played well in the final minutes and had the chance to go for the tie, trailing by three with 7 seconds left. But Griffins senior Manwell Howard dashed those hopes when he blocked Barry Horton’s 3-point attempt following the inbounds play.

"No 3s," Howard said of the defensive response to the inbound play.

"Coach said no 3s. If they go to the paint, let them have the lay up. Just no threes."

— Jesse Haley

International 50, Gateway 37

Seaver Kyaw scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Jaguars (9-7, 2-0) beat the Gators (5-8, 0-2).

A full gym came out to watch what was supposed to be one of the most competitive matchups in the BCL Central Division. Instead, fans saw International display its strengths: Defense and depth.

The Jaguars took control when Charlie Boatwright hit a 3-pointer on the game’s first possession. Conversely, the Gators, stifled by International’s relentless 2-3 zone, did not score until the fifth minute of the game and trailed 15-4 after the first period.

"We’ve got a little height," International coach Carl Jacobs said. "We wanted to utilize it and make schools shoot over us."

— Amanda Stupi


Liberty Christian 52, Urban 36

Anders Eddy scored 12 points, but the Blues (5-10) fell to the Patriots (13-4) at USF’s Hagan Gym. Urban was down only six midway through the fourth quarter, but Liberty Christian caught fire from beyond the 3-point arc to pull away.

— Staff report

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