Facing a considerable height disadvantage, the Lincoln boys’ basketball team opened a big lead, but had to hold on to beat Washington 75-68 in an Academic Athletic Association boys’ basketball game Wednesday.
Kevin Robinson scored 22 points, while Aaron Hall and Drew Bologna added 17 points apiece for Lincoln (10-8, 4-0 AAA), which nailed 10 3-pointers and led by as many 18 points in the second half in handing Washington (11-7, 3-1) its first league loss.
Despite Lincoln’s torrid outside shooting, Washington was able to close the gap to 68-62 after the Eagles’ Aaron Garrette (17 points, 12 rebounds, six assists) hit a long 3-pointer with 3 minutes remaining.
However, on Lincoln’s next possession, Bologna converted on a tough three-point play, extending the Mustangs’ lead to 71-62.
The matchup between the two longtime rivals was heated throughout, as four technical fouls were called and two players (Lincoln’s Hall and Washington’s Jahrail Taylor) were ejected.
“This was huge because both teams came in 3-0 in league,” said Bologna, who notched eight assists. “We knew we had to come out and play this like it was our last game of the season.”
Rodney and Ronney Freeman each scored 15 points as the Bulldogs held on to defeat the Lions at Kezar Pavilion.
“The twins played very well,” Wallenberg coach Pat Mulligan said. “I was pleased how they played under control and made enough plays to win the game.”
The game was close early, but the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run at the start of the third quarter to extend their lead to 11 points. The lead would increase to 15 points by the fourth quarter, but Galileo bounced back behind the inside play of Deante Bernstine and the heady playmaking of Asante De la Cruz.
Bernstine scored six straight points and Galileo took the lead late in the fourth quarter after a Mike Traikov 3-pointer.
After that basket, Ronney Freeman went the length of the court and calmly hit a
3-pointer to give the lead back to Wallenberg. Down two points in the final minute, Bernstine drove into the key and threw up a left-handed runner, but Wallenberg’s Kurtis Wong jumped in front of him, forcing a charge call on Bernstine with 12 seconds left.
“Galileo’s effort in the fourth quarter was great,” Mulligan said. “If not for that charge [taken] by Kurtis Wong, who played great defense, the game may have taken a different turn.”
— Lee Hubbard
Derrick Hines fired in 24 points asthe Phoenix (7-9, 2-2) went on the road to beat the Jaguars (0-4, 0-4).
Isaiah Igafo scored 12 for Marshall, which got off to a fast start and led 33-16 at the half.
— Staff report
Demaree Hampton notched a triple-double as the Bears (7-5, 3-1) cruised past the host Buccaneers (0-12, 0-4).
Hampton, a sophomore guard, had 24 points, 11 assists and 10 steals in the win, and scored 13 of his points in the first quarter as Mission raced out to a 33-9 lead.
— Staff report