The Lincoln boys’ basketball team went from anguish to elation in about 4 seconds on the road Tuesday against Marshall.
Trailing by a point with 5 seconds left on the clock, Lincoln senior guard James Gurr inbounded the ball to junior forward Davion Telfor at the right-hand elbow and sprinted toward the basket.
Telfor then hit the cutting senior with a pass and Gurr made a tough, contested layup while being fouled with a second remaining to give the Mustangs a roller-coaster 76-75 Academic Athletic Association win.
“Coach just told us to look for the back door and I told him I got it,” Gurr said. “I took it into my hands and I knew I had to make the layup. I just had to get it. It was a crazy game — ups and downs — but we came out on top.”
The Phoenix (6-6, 2-1 AAA) pulled ahead moments before Gurr’s final basket when junior guard Mizell Parker appeared to miss a crucial opportunity.
At the free-throw line with Marshall trailing 74-72 and 18 seconds remaining, Parker made the first attempt, but missed the second. Lincoln center Seth Snoody came down easily with the rebound, but Parker snuck behind the 6-foot-7 senior, stole the ball away and was sent back to the free-throw line after being fouled in the act of shooting.
Parker drained the next two free throws to give the Phoenix their last lead of the game, but early on, it appeared they would be run out of their own gym.
Lincoln (7-11, 3-0) jumped out to an early 22-5 lead on the strength of 11 first-quarter points from Telfor, but the Phoenix chipped away gradually and outscored the Mustangs in each of the final three quarters.
Behind the hot shooting of Parker — who finished with a game-high 29 points — and senior guard Aumen Holliday, Marshall took its first lead of the game at 50-49 with 2:57 remaining in the third quarter, but the lead would shift hands seven times after that.
“As long as they kept on fighting, I felt we had a chance,” Marshall coach Dezebee Miles said. “That’s a good team we played tonight and I knew they weren’t going to quit. It was just a matter of us being poised at the end. We came from so far behind and fought the whole game. If we would have won, it would have been great, but I accept their effort tonight. They didn’t quit on us.”
Marshall’s largest lead was a 70-63 with 2:33 remaining, but Lincoln responded with a 8-0 run to retake the lead, before losing two more times before the game finished.
“Aumen and Mizell got hot there, and I don’t know how we did it, but we got behind in the fourth quarter and got a couple of stops,” Lincoln coach Matt Jackson said.