Aaron Hall scored 25 points, Kevin Robinson added 22 and both hit key shots down the stretch to help the Lincoln boys’ basketball win its final Academic Athletic Association regular-season game 74-64 over host Mission.
The Mustangs (20-11, 13-3 AAA), who entered the game with the Lang Division title already wrapped up, got 15 points from Hall in the first half and led 38-30 after two quarters of play.
Mission’s Demaree Hampton (21 points) scored nine points in a 13-7 run for the Bears (12-11, 8-7) at the beginning of the third quarter, helping them close the lead to 45-43. Lincoln responded by closing out the quarter on an 8-0 run for a 53-43 lead.
The Mustangs extended their lead to 63-50 with five minutes remaining in the contest, but the Bears fought back again, closing the deficit to 65-62 on a Jordan Pusung putback with a little more than 2 minutes left.
But on Lincoln’s next possession, Hall emerged from a number of bodies for a tough layin to make the score 67-62 and Robinson hit a big 3-pointer with just under a minute left to give the Mustangs a 70-62 advantage.
Lowell 58, Galileo 32
In a way, Arthur Jones had only himself to blame for not recording his first career triple-double.
With just more than 6 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the senior had already recorded 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists to spark the Cardinals to a commanding 50-23 lead. At that point, Lowell coach Robert Ray emptied his bench and the Cardinals (25-4, 14-2) finished off a decisive win over Galileo to clinch a school-record third straight Neff Division crown.
The top-seeded Cardinals will host Marshall on Friday at 3:45 p.m. in the AAA quarterfinals.
"The past few games I’ve been playing well — just doing it and not thinking about messing up," Jones said. "And as a team, we feel like we’ve got some momentum going into the playoffs."
Jones also had four blocks for Lowell, while Jordan Wong scored all 11 of his points in the first quarter as the Cardinals raced out to a 19-5 lead.
Mike Traikov had 13 points to pace Galileo (13-14, 9-7), including the Lions’ first 10 points of the game.
— Matt Elliser
Washington 68, Marshall 62
Isiah Pfitzer scored all nine of his points in the fourth quarter as the Eagles (18-2, 10-6) overcame 30 points from Derrick Hines to top the Phoenix (10-16, 5-11).
Jahrail Taylor added 23 points for Washington, which trailed by one at the half and led by just two entering the fourth quarter.
— Staff report
Wallenberg 60, Burton 44
Ronney Freeman scored 20 points to lead the Bulldogs (21-7, 13-3) over the Pumas (11-17, 6-10) at Kezar Pavilion. Lonnell Britton scored 15 points for Burton.
— Staff report
Balboa 90, Jordan 33
Shaun Jones scored a career-high 41 points to lead the Buccaneers (3-12, 3-20) over the Jaguars (0-16). Balboa finishes its regular season today at Mission at 3:45 p.m.
— Staff report