The public-school gyms in San Francisco are more utilitarian than they are glamorous and that makes winning on the road that much tougher in the Academic Athletic Association.
The Lincoln boys’ basketball team became the second league opponent in just over a week to find out just how hard it is to win at Galileo on Thursday, dropping its first AAA game of the season, a 49-48 decision.
Galileo’s court is at least 15 feet shorter than regulation size and the Lions (12-8, 7-1 AAA) used that advantage to smother the frontcourt of the Mustangs (11-12, 7-1) for much of the first half, but Lincoln roared back to take leads three times in the fourth quarter. Lincoln led by two points with 27 seconds remaining, but the Lions had the ball — and a hot shooter.
On an inbound play under the Lincoln basket, Galileo senior guard Jacob Glasov peeled off of a screen on the left wing, found space and nailed a 3-pointer with a defender closing on him quickly and 24 seconds left on the clock.
“That wasn’t coaching,” Galileo coach Jeremy Lee said. “That was players making plays. Big players step up in big moments and I couldn’t be happier for him and more proud.”
The clutch three was the third 3 by Glasov in the final quarter and the senior finished with a game-high 15 points.
“The defender was right there and I just had to get a little bit higher than usual,” Glasov said of his shot. “Coach sets up good plays for us and puts us in a position to succeed.”
Glasov’s shot was the final basket of the game, but it was far from the dagger.
Lincoln turned the ball over on the next possession, but instead of waiting to wind the clock out, the Lions pushed the ball up the court, missed a shot with 12 seconds left and junior guard Khalil Rodriguez got the ensuing offensive rebound. Rodriguez immediately followed the rebound with a shot in the lane and was fouled in the process, but missed both free throws and Lincoln got the ball back with 9 seconds remaining.
With the gym in an uproar, junior forward Davion Telfor appeared to sink a running, 25-foot jumper to give the Mustangs the win, but Lincoln coach Matt Jackson called a timeout well before — with 7 seconds left — but most of the players on the floor were not aware of the stoppage.
Lincoln still had a final opportunity, though, and after the timeout, put the ball back into Telfor’s hands. Isolated on the perimeter, Telfor worked into the key, but was immediately triple-teamed by the Galileo defense and missed his turnaround jump shot as time expired.
The final play exemplified Galileo’s defensive strategy throughout — to limit Telfor and fellow Lincoln junior Seth Snoddy by sagging off the Mustangs’ perimeter players and clogging the lane, frequently double-teaming the post players.