This time one's easier for Lincoln 

Deend Parker spent the final five minutes of Friday’s prep boys’ basketball game at Washington sprawled against a bag of basketballs on the sideline with a smile on his face.

It was a rare opportunity to recline for Lincoln’s star forward. After the Mustangs pulled out two overtime wins last week before a closer-than-it-looks 59-46 victory over Lowell on Tuesday, they put this one away early in the fourth quarter.

Parker scored 21 points and the Mustangs (19-9, 12-1 Academic Athletic Association) went on a 24-9 second-half spurt to win 60-49. The 6-foot-6 junior, who said he’s at about 80 percent after injuring his knee in a car accident in September, punctuated the run with a two-handed dunk that gave Lincoln a 54-39 win with 5 minutes, 55 seconds remaining in the game.

"We thought this would be another close one, but that was probably the best defense we’ve played all year," Parker said. "I’m getting close to full strength, and once I get to 100 percent, there’ll be no stopping us."

David Henderson and Devin Koch added 11 points for the Mustangs, who trail Mission by one game in the Lang Division and host the Bears on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. Aaron Garrette hit four 3-pointers and had 21 points to lead Washington (15-9, 7-6).

Mission 78, Marshall 60

Demaree Hampton had 24 points and 10 assists to lead the host Bears (20-3, 13-0) past the Phoenix (7-14, 5-8).

Harry Howard added 20, Ronell Foster had 16 and Jordan Pusung scored four points while pulling down 14 points for Mission, which has now won 17 straight games. Charles Gardner led Marshall with 24.

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Wallenberg 54, Galileo 45

Chibuzo Emeka scored 14 points and Victor Chew added 12 — including a clutch basket late in the fourth quarter — as the Bulldogs (20-4, 10-2) outlasted the Lions (8-16, 3-9) at Kezar Pavilion.

Wallenberg held a 42-31 advantage entering the fourth quarter, but Raymond Chow (12 points) and Galileo went on a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to 44-43. Chew scored to help steady the Bulldogs, and Wallenberg played good defense and made free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

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Burton 67, O’Connell 44

Phillip Blueford poured in 23 points as the Pumas (12-15, 7-6) went on the road to bounce the Boilermakers (2-21, 0-12).

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PAL CENTRAL

Burlingame 58, San Mateo 41

BURLINGAMEPeter Pappageorge scored 18 points as the Panthers (19-6, 9-1) put the finishing touches in their division title by beating the Bearcats (14-12, 6-4).

David Agrell

Girls

ACADEMIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Lincoln 43, Washington 27

Kelly Huey, Jessica Jang and Monique Thomas (nine rebounds) eachscored 10 points as the host Mustangs (17-10, 8-2) dispatched the Eagles to take a half-game lead over Washington in the Lang Division.

Avenging a 68-61 loss Jan. 14 to open the AAA season, Lincoln stormed out to a 16-7 lead thanks to seven points by Hallie Meneses, who finished with nine points. Washington climbed within 22-17 at halftime, but the Eagles managed just 10 second-half points.

"It was a well-fought game," Mustangs coach Jason Lee said. "Both teams played really well defensively. We were patient enough to generate enough offense."

Lauren Ishii paced Washington with 11 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers at the end of the first half.

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Lowell 73, ISA 42

Kristina Lum led 11 Lowell scorers with 12 points as the host Cardinals (21-4, 10-0) stopped the Cobras

(12-14, 5-4).

Anna Bukareva added 10 for Lowell, helping the two-time defending San Francisco Section champions outscore ISA 44-18 over the second and third quarters. Brittney Allen had 14 to pace the Cobras.

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WEST CATHOLIC ATHLETIC LEAGUE

Sacred Heart Cathedral 74, St. Francis 27

Junior Tierra Rogers scored a game-high 17 points as the Irish (23-0, 13-0) knocked off the Lancers (9-13, 3-10) to become the first girls’ basketball team in WCAL history to go undefeated through conference play two years in a row. The two-time defending state champions, ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, have now won 44 straight games.

Senior forward Jazmine Jackson added 11 in her final home game for Sacred Heart, and was honored before the game along with classmates Rosslyn Beard, Lauren Bell and Melissa Koike. The team forced nine turnovers and allowed only three shots in the second quarter to build a 40-point halftime lead.

"They are fantastic young ladies," Irish coach Brian Harrigan said of his seniors. "We hope the season goes on for a couple more weeks so we can be around them more."

Harrigan and Jackson said the Irish have played well under the pressure of being the nation’s top team and will be ready for the playoffs.

"We responded well," Jackson said. "When we found out we were ranked, we didn’t get big-headed. We stayed in it and stayed humble. If we win [state] this year, it’s going to be three straight. And I am going to do it with my best friends."

Shawn Liu

PAL CENTRAL

San Mateo 61, Burlingame 60

BURLINGAME — Lauren Yamauchi scored 22 points and Yukato Kawakatsu hit the decisive free throw with 1.2 seconds left as the Bearcats (17-10, 7-3) secured second place by beating the Panthers (12-14, 6-4). The Panthers finish third.

"Yukato Kawakatsu is our heart and soul," Bearcats coach Steve Kryger said. "She’s the hardest-working player in and out of the classroom and one of the greatest kids I’ve been around, so it was great to see her win the game."

Yamauchi was devastating from beyond the arc, hitting six treys — including three in the first quarter to help the Bearcats grab a 20-13 lead. But the Panthers, who had four players in double-digit scoring led by Rachel Gardner’s 16 points, rallied late in the game and went ahead on Gardner’s layup midway through the fourth.

The two teams then matched one another point-for-point down the stretch, before Kawakatsu, a senior dropped in the winning foul shot.

"This was probably the biggest game in San Mateo girls’ basketball in 15 or 20 years," Kryger said.

Alisi Niupalua grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for the Bearcats.

— David Agrell

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