His team was tired and had just seen the last of an 11-point fourth-quarter lead disappear when Lincoln’s Aaron Hall made a demoralizing 3-pointer with 7 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
For Rodney Freeman and the Wallenberg boys’ basketball team, there was nothing left to do but “sav’ it up.”
“That just means step it up, play hard,” Freeman said with a smile. “I love those situations. As a senior, I know my teammates are looking for me to do something and I have to bring it.”
Freeman scored the first eight points of the extra period as the Bulldogs pulled out a hard-earned 69-59 Academic Athletic Association win. The swingman finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Bulldogs (14-5, 6-1 AAA), while twin brother Ronney Freeman added 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Wallenberg led 50-39 entering the fourth quarter, but Lincoln (12-10, 6-2) went on an 11-2 run to get right back into the game. Kevin Robinson scored seven of his 24 points in the fourth and Hall’s 3-pointer from the top of the key tied the game 57-57.
But Rodney Freeman converted a drive to start the extra period and hit two free throws on the ensuing possession and it was all Bulldogs from there as they outscored the Mustangs 12-2.
Washington 71, Burton 70
Isiah Pfitzer and Jahrail Taylor each scored 25 points, including a combined 31 in the second half, to rally the host Eagles (14-8, 6-2) past the Pumas (7-12, 2-6).
Led by Lonnell Britton’s 16 first-half points and an 18-10 rebounding advantage over the bigger Eagles, the scrappy Pumas built a 39-30 halftime lead. Burton continued to pull away after the break, stretching its lead to 51-40 with two minutes left in the third quarter.
The Eagles responded, ending the third quarter on a 7-0 run to draw within 51-47. From there, Taylor and Pfitzer took over, scoring 20 of Washington’s 24 fourth-quarter points. The last of those 20 came on Pfitzer’s twisting three-point play with 36 seconds left that put the Eagles up 71-67.
Burton made things interesting from there, getting a 3-pointer from Phillip Blueford (16 points) with 5 seconds left, then forcing a turnover on the Eagles’ next possession. But Artis Robinson’s last-gasp 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.
“We came out and played with heart in the second half,” said Pfitzer, who added three rebounds and three assists. “We passed the ball, found the open shooters on offense, and really focused on our defense.”
— Will Reisman
Lowell 75, Balboa 51
Travis Hom scored 20 points and Jordan Wong added 18 as the host Cardinals (18-3, 7-1) turned back the Buccaneers (2-14, 2-6).
Alex McNabb added 10 points for Lowell, which started out hot from the outside and led 22-8 after the first quarter.
— Staff report
Mission 76, O’Connell 35
Demaree Hampton had 24 points and Harry Howard scored 17 as the Bears (9-7, 5-3) overwhelmed the host Boilermakers (0-15, 0-8).
— Staff report
BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE
Stuart Hall 48, Crystal Springs Uplands 41
HILLSBOROUGH — Stephen Powell scored 22 points and Winslow Hicks added 11 to help the Knights come from behind to defeat the Gryphons. Trailing 16-15 at halftime, Stuart Hall took command to start the third quarter as Powell scored five straight points.
Crystal Springs battled back behind the shooting of Ben Graham-Helwig, who nailed two 3-pointers in the third quarter to give the Gryphons life. But in the fourth quarter, timely steals by Powell and baskets by Hicks helped the Knights take the lead and the game.
“In this game, in the second half, our big guns stepped it up,” Stuart Hall coach Charlie Johnson said. “Both Powell and Hicks made plays in the end to help us win the game.”
— Lee Hubbard
University 64, Drew 53
Brian Park had 23 points and outscored the Dragons (11-9, 3-3) by himself in the first quarter as the Red Devils (16-4, 5-1) won. Thomas Bosc added 11 points for University. Scott Schulkin led Drew with 27 points.
Park scored nine points in the first quarter to offset Schulkin, who had all eight of theDragons’ points, as University grabbed a 19-8 advantage. Schulkin withstood a wave of Red Devils defenders; University tried four players to shut down the high-scoring
— Staff report</p>