Lincoln High boy's basketball offense held in check by De La Salle

Even after a dismal offensive first half against visiting De La Salle High School, the Lincoln boys’ basketball team had a glimmer of hope when it hit two consecutive baskets early in the third quarter to cut the Spartans’ lead to 28-15.

That hope was squashed quickly and soundly by the defending North Coast Section Division I champions, who went on a 10-0 run and never looked back in a 56-26 win over the Mustangs on Tuesday.

Arizona-bound De La Salle senior shooting guard Elliot Pitts started the third-quarter run with a 3-pointer from the left-hand corner, finished with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and was the only player on either team to score more than eight points.

#link_box { width: 150px; height: auto; margin: 0; padding: 0; margin: 10px 20px 10px 0px; padding: 10px; background-color: #fbfade; /* ecru – light yellow */ border: 1px solid #343a25; /* green – for summer arts */ float: left; font-family: arial, sans serif; font-size: 11px; } #link_box img, #link_box a { border 0px; border-style: none; outline: none; } #link_box h1 { margin: 0; padding: 5px; border-bottom: 1px solid #ddd; text-transform: none; color: #8A0808; font-family: arial, sans serif; font-weight: bold; font-size: 15px; text-align: center; } #link_box h2 { margin: 0; padding: 5px; border-bottom: 1px solid #ddd; text-transform: none; color: #000; font-family: arial, sans serif; font-weight: bold; font-size: 10px; text-align: center; } #link_box ul { list-style: none; margin: 0; padding: 0; border: none; } #link_box li { margin: 0px padding: 0px; border-bottom: 1px solid #ddd; border-bottom-width: 1px; } #link_box li a { display: block; padding: 5px 5px 5px 15px; /* Padding for bullet */ /* border-bottom: 1px solid #ddd; border-bottom-width: 1px; */ color: #000; width: 100%; width: auto; /* height: auto; */ /* border: 1px solid blue; */ margin: 0px; font-family: arial, sans serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 14px; text-decoration: none; } #link_box li a: before { /* background-position: top left; */ } #link_box li a:hover { background-color: #ddd; color: #000; }

“We came out a little careless and we had to get them going, then they refocused,” De La Salle coach Frank Allocco said.

Pitts’ smooth jump shot, along with several cutting layups, provided almost all of the offense for the Spartans (4-1), but the difference was ultimately their defense, which limited Lincoln (0-7) to its lowest point total since the 2005-06 season, when the Mustangs lost to De Anza of Richmond 83-25.

Lincoln shot just 26 percent from the floor and 0-for-10 from 3-point range, while the Spartans were efficient and surgical in half-court sets, and shot 49 percent from the field.

Lincoln’s relatively undersized (6-foot-1), big-bodied junior Davion Telfor scored six points and is still an unpolished offensive player, but is the Mustangs’ most versatile threat. He made an immediate impression against the Spartans with two highlight-reel blocks, and went on to lead Lincoln with three steals.

Preps sports coverage provided in partnership by The San Francisco Examiner and SanFranPreps.com

Deep in the heart of Texas: Niners corral Cowboys, 23-17

San Francisco holds off late charge. Packers up next

Niners fans from Texas? Apparently it’s a thing

Rooting for San Francisco isn’t easy when you live in the Lone Star state, but many do

The Examiner goes to Texas for Niners-Cowboys matchup. Here’s what we found

JFK, MLK, chicken fried steak and pro life evangelists: A letter from Dallas