Lincoln pulls off OT win

The Lincoln boys’ basketball team walked into Rodriguez High School knowing it was not supposed to win, that it was beat up from Friday’s San Francisco Section loss to Mission and knowing that it was going to have to play as close to perfect to possible to win the NorCal Division I outbracket game.

And didn’t care.

Drew Bologna put his head down and drove the lane with 1 minute, 49 seconds left in overtime on his way to a three-point play that put his team up 79-78 as the Mustangs outlasted Rodriguez 89-87 in a gut-wrencher Monday night. The reward for Lincoln (25-10)? A matchup today at 7:30 p.m. against top-seeded McClymonds (29-0) at Cal State East Bay.

“We came here as underdogs,” Bologna said between hugs, “and it didn’t matter because we played our game.”

Lincoln took its first lead at 56-55 since early in the first quarter with 1 minute left in the third on a Randall Gacayan layup. The lead would change hands twice more until the Mustangs gained control at 71-69 advantage with 1:25 left in regulation. But Cameron Richmond’s driving layup tied the score 71-71 with 22 seconds remaining to force overtime.

Devis Koch (29 points, 14 rebounds) played strong throughout to keep Lincoln close, but when Deend Parker fouled out with 2:21 and the Mustangs down by four, Lincoln’s future looked bleak.

That’s when Bologna took over with his three-point play and two beautiful assists to Ricky Ohissen for layups, one off an inbounds from under his own basket to give his team a four-point cushion with 45 seconds left.

“I didn’t know what to think,” Parker said of his thoughts after he fouled out, “but I had trust and faith in Drew and Devis to perform and they did.”

Other Sportssports

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Small, impassioned crowd celebrates the Fourth of July with protest for affirmative action

Lawmakers and marchers urge voters to pass Proposition 16 in the November ballot

Union threatens legal action after Police Commission expands use-of-force policy

San Francisco’s police union is pursuing legal action after the Police Commission… Continue reading

Giants announce health guidelines for Oracle Park

The San Francisco Giants announced Friday that the organization’s maintenance team will… Continue reading

Restorative art on the inside and out

Curator Ericka Scott organizes exhibition of works by prisoners

City Attorney seeks to recoup ‘illegal profits’ gained by Walter Wong through city contracts

San Francisco will seek to recover “illegal profits” gained by well-known permit… Continue reading

Most Read