DALY CITY — There was no S.F. Examiner Prep Focus curse on Thursday night, though the Lick-Wilmerding Tigers were certainly on the ropes for much of the contest.
The Tigers faced a 33-23 deficit to Jefferson in the third quarter and surrendered a game-tying bank 3 with a second remaining to force overtime before ultimately going the extra length for the win, 51-47.
Walter Lum scored 11 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-tying free throw with 3:57 to play and a deep 3-pointer for the lead on the following possession as part of a 16-0 run that put the Tigers in position to win on the road. The host Grizzlies wouldn’t go quietly, though, with 6’6 center Rodney Lawrence scoring five points in the following two minutes to cut the lead to 41-40. After Allen Wilson made a pair of free throws with 17.1 seconds left, Ryan Adion scored his only points of the night on a bank three with a second remaining to force overtime.
Neither team scored in the first two minutes of overtime. Wilson got the first basket of the extra period with 1:40 to play, and, after a pair of Lawrence free throws tied the game, drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in overtime that proved to be the difference. Lum made three of four free throws in the final moments to seal it for Lick-Wilmerding (13-1).
J.P. Johnson scored five of his nine points as part of a 6-0 run to put Jefferson up 27-19 in the third, and a layup by Marquez Costiniano stretched the lead to 33-23 to cap off a 6-0 run and force Lick-Wilmerding coach Eliot Smith to use a timeout.
Costiniano, playing in his first game for Jefferson after sitting out December as a transfer from crosstown rival Westmoor, finished with six points.
“He was a spark defensively and offensively,” said Jefferson head coach John Falabella.
Lawrence finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Jefferson (6-5). Wilson finished with 11 for Lick-Wilmerding and Zachary Johnson added eight points and nine rebounds.allen wilsonhigh school basketballjefferson grizzliesjefferson high schoolLick-Wilmerding High Schoollick-wilmerding tigersPrep Sportsrodney lawrenceryan adionwalter lum