University, Lick set up clash 

Brian Park made two free throws with 7 seconds left as the host University boys’ basketball team turned back Drew for a 58-55 victory Thursday.

The win sets up a Bay Counties League West showdown for first place between the Red Devils (20-5, 9-2 BCL) and Lick-Wilmerding (19-6, 9-1) on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at University. The Red Devils need a win in the regular-season finale to tie the Tigers for the top spot entering the playoffs. The two teams have split their two meetings this season, with University winning the Redwood Christian Invitational on Dec. 1 and the Tigers winning 57-52 in their first BCL meeting Jan. 2 at Oracle Arena.

Park had 13 of his 21 points in the second half, including going 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Scott Schulkin scored 18 points for Drew and had a chance to tie the game for Drew, but he missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free-throw situation with 10 seconds left. Park grabbed the rebound and made the clinching free throws in a physical fourth quarter.

Evan Saunders added 10 points for University, while Andrew Wallace had 17 points and Eric Schulkin 13 for Drew.

Lick-Wilmerding 60, Urban 33

Marcus Wells scored 15 points to lead 12 different Lick-Wilmerding in the scoring column as the Tigers (19-6, 10-1) defeated the Blues (7-18, 1-10) in Bay Counties West League play at Kezar Pavilion.

The game was tied 9-9 after the first quarter, but Wells hit two 3-pointers in a 10-0 Lick run to open up the second period, helping the Tigers jump ahead 19-9.

After taking a 30-16 lead into halftime, the Tigers (19-6, 10-1) began the third quarter by outscoring Urban (7-18, 1-10) 8-2 to extend their lead to 38-18.

Tigers coach Eliot Smith used his bench liberally in the second half, resulting in nine players contributing baskets for Lick, which had its winning streak in the BCL West snapped at nine with a loss Tuesday at Stuart Hall.

— Will Reisman

BCL CENTRAL

Stuart Hall 49, Crystal Springs Uplands 33

Stephen Powell drained 17 of his 25 in the second half as the host Knights (20-5, 8-3) went on a 35-5 run after the intermission to turn back the Gryphons (14-12, 5-7).

Christian Nyembo had all 13 of his points in the second half for Stuart Hall, which trailed 28-14 after the second quarter.

— Staff report

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