Ronney Freeman poured in 20 points and Kurtis Wong scored all 15 of his points in the second half as Wallenberg rallied past Mission 61-53 in an Academic Athletic Association boys’ basketball game at Kezar Pavilion.
Mission (9-8, 5-4 AAA) led 24-10 midway through the second quarter before Freeman nailed three consecutive 3-pointers, keying a 16-7 run that brought Wallenberg (15-5, 7-1) within 31-26 heading into the break.
Freeman continued his torrid shooting, dropping in seven more points in the third as Wallenberg gained a 44-41 advantage with one quarter to play. In the fourth, Wong excelled, scoring eight points while dishing out three assists to help the Bulldogs seal the win.
"I tried to create for my teammates to give them some confidence," said Wong, who led the Bulldogs with seven assists. "They were able to feed off my play."
It was the seventh consecutive win for the Bulldogs, who are tied with Lowell atop the Neff Division.
"I’m not even sure if the kids know about the winning streak," Bulldogs coach Patrick Mulligan said. "We’re just focusing on winning our next game and that’s what we’ll continue to do."
Galileo 44, Balboa 43
Asante De la Cruz scored a game-high 17 points, including the decisive jumper with 1 second left in a clutch performance, to lift the Lions
(9-11, 5-4) over the host Buccaneers (2-16, 2-6).
De la Cruz nailed a 3-pointer with 1:20 left in the game to put the Lions up 41-40. He then hit a free throw with 25.2 seconds remaining to stretch the lead to two.
After having the ball stolen on its prior two possessions, Balboa finally converted. After a chaotic scrum in the key, the ball ended up in the hands of Shaun Jones, who quickly drained a 3-pointer, giving Balboa a 43-42 advantage with 12 seconds left.
After a timeout, the Lions easily broke the Bucs’ press, which had gotten the better of them much of the second half. John Maldonaldo passed the ball in to Brandon Fong, who passed back to Maldonaldo, who found De la Cruz. The senior then drove toward the paint, pulled up and shot a short jumper over several Balboa defenders with 2 seconds remaining. Balboa had one last desperation shot, but missed.
"I knew I had to make the shot," De la Cruz said. "Coach [Jeremy Lee] always tells me that it’s up to the point guard."
Mark McMahon led Balboa with 10 points and three assists. Maldonaldo battled for a game-high 11 rebounds.
— Amanda Stupi
ISA 69, Lincoln 56
Dominic Stewart scored 23 as the Cobras (10-7, 7-2) knocked off the Mustangs (12-11, 6-3).
The Cobras jumped out to an early lead while Lincoln continually struggled to catch up. ISA stayed up by 10 most of the second half, even as it began to lose valuable players from its shallow, seven-man team.
Stewart was the first to leave after taking a blow to the face on the way to the rim and suffering a fingernail-sized gash on the white of his left eye. ISA coach Rudy Russell said Stewart was taken to a hospital and was released later in the evening. Stewart will see an eye specialist today.
Stewart’s twin brother, Marseilles, fouled out with 1:30 left to play after scoring 14 points. ISA was still up 10 as Lincoln began fouling to stop the clock.
Raymond Whitley dropped in 15 points to do his part but left the game a minute after Marseilles Stewart with a cramp in his calf with 30 seconds remaining. The Cobras were able to stretch the lead to 14 with good free-throw shooting by Dominick Murphy and Whitley and the Cobras played out the final possessions with four players on the floor.
"We’ve been successful getting leads on all the teams in The City. It’s maintaining those leads we always worry about," Russell said. "Teams play their best games against us."
Aaron Hall led the Mustangs in scoring with 23 while Kevin Robinson added 22.
— Jesse Haley
O’Connell 65, Jordan 39
Freshman Jamil Morgan and the Boilermakers (1-17, 1-7) overcame a jittery start to notch their first victory of the season by beating the Jaguars (0-8). Morgan missed four layup attempts and went scoreless in the first quarter as O’Connell led 9-4.
But after coach Armando Pazos settled his team down between quarters, Morgan scored nine of his 25 points in the second period as the Boilermakers went on a 16-9 run for a 26-13 halftime advantage.
Kenya Hawkins added 14 points and Rafael Lacap had 11 points for the Boilermakers, while Sammy Henriquez played a superb all-around game with eight points, nine assists and 12 steals. Marco Garcia didn’t score for O’Connell, but pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked nine shots.
"It’s a relief," Pazos said of O’Connell’s first victory, noting the team blew a 16-point third-quarter lead against Burton. "These kids really wanted it today. They’ve been hurtin’ to get their first win."
— Staff report
Burton 71, Marshall 41
Phillip Blueford made four 3-pointers and scored 24 points as the host Pumas (7-12, 3-6) cruised past the Phoenix (8-13, 3-6).
Lonnell Britton added 20 points had Artis Robinson chipped in eight points and 23 rebounds for Burton, which had lost each of its two previous games by one point.
Isaiah Igafo led Marshall with 13 points.
— Staff report