Wallenberg doesn't let history repeat itself

This time, it didn’t go down.

As Lowell guard Alex McNabb lined up a 3-pointer with his team trailing Wallenberg by one late in Thursday’s Academic Athletic Association boys’ basketball game, it created a scenario eerily or thrillingly familiar (depending on your perspective) to last year’s San Francisco Section semifinal. In that game, Jordan Wong buried a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to send Lowell to a two-point win and a spot in the San Francisco Section final.

But this time, the shot caught the inside of the front rim, bounded off the backboard and into the arms of the Bulldogs’ Kurtis Wong. The senior then sank two free throws with one second left as Wallenberg (12-2, 2-0 AAA) held off Lowell 49-46 at Kezar Pavilion.

“I was pretty afraid when Alex let that shot go,” Wong said. “But luckily it bounced out this time.”

That the game came down to the final seconds and a fraction of an inch should come as no surprise. Five of the last six games between the two Neff Division rivals have been decided by four points or less, and on Thursday the lead changed hands 10 times.

Wallenberg took its first lead of the fourth quarter with 14.4 seconds remaining, when Victor Chew was fouled taking a 3-pointer and made two of the free throws to put the Bulldogs up 47-46.

Lowell’s Travis Hom then was double-teamed at the top of the key before finding McNabb, and one of the league’s best pure shooters barely missed.

“Well, I guess we have to give the fans their money’s worth and make sure the heart medication’s working when we play them,” Wallenberg coach Patrick Mulligan said.

The two-time defending section champion Cardinals struggled out of the gate, allowing the first nine points of the game. But a McNabb 3-pointer helped Lowell get its bearings, and the Cardinals went on a 10-0 run to go ahead 18-17 early in the second quarter. From that point on, neither team led by more than four.

Chibuzo Emeka had 13 points and eight rebounds to lead Wallenberg, with Michael Chiu and Travis Barabin each added 12. Yuhki Sakai had 18 for Lowell (10-5, 1-1), while Hom chipped in 11.

Mission 68, Lincoln 58 Ittook Demaree Hampton more than nine minutes to land his first basket, but once he did he just wouldn’t stop.

Hampton lit it up for two quarters, scoring 25 points in the second and third periods to lead the host Bears past the Mustangs.

The Mustangs had edged to an 18-9 lead until fouling Hampton early in the second. The junior then converted both free throws from the line, setting off a scoring flurry that saw him finish the half with 12 points and a nine-point Bears lead.

The shots came. Hampton hit another 13 points in the third, while Harry Howard and Ronell Foster both finished with double-figure scoring and 10 rebounds apiece.

The Mustangs rallied in the fourth, slashing an 18-point deficit on a 12-0 run and shutting out Hampton from the field. Deend Parker finished with a team-high 16 points.

David Agrell

Marshall 91, Jordan 40 Lawrence Melton had 30 points and Raydell Walker added 20 as the Phoenix (4-6, 2-0) turned back the Jaguars (0-12, 0-2).

— Staff report

BAY COUNTIES LEAGUE WEST Down 35-24 in the third quarter, Evan Saunders hit three straight 3-pointers during an 11-0 run to tie the game and University took over in the fourth quarter.

University 65, Urban 52

Saunders scored 17 points — all in the second half — while Brian Park had 27 points to lead the way.,

— Staff report

Stuart Hall 70, HILLSBOROUGHWinslow Hicks scored 20 points and the visiting Knights (8-7, 1-1) went on a 35-7 second-half run to take down the Gryphons (7-6, 1-1).

Crystal Springs Uplands 57

— Staff report

SMALL SCHOOLS BRIDGE LEAGUE

Jewish Community 52, Summerfield Waldorf 43

Jake Sklar’s steal, which led to a basket with 5 seconds left in the third quarter put Jewish Community up 40-38 and gave the Wolves a much-needed boost in the fourth.

Sklar and Pavel Krylov each had 22 points for Jewish Community while Josh Steinberger spearheaded the defensive effort.

— Staff report

AAA

Mission 68,

Lincoln 58

LINCOLN (7-9, 1-1)

Randall Gacuyon 2, Deend Parker 16, Andrew Baogno 6, Dennis Wu 5, Michael Padycci 4, Devin Koch 3, Ronnie Mapania 9, David Henderson 9, Ricky Ohlssen 4. Total 58.

MISSION (9-3, 2-0)

Demaree Hampton 25, Harry Howard 15, Grant Thomas 8, Terrance Langston 3, Ronell Foster 14, Jordan Pusung 3. Total 68.

Lincoln 16 11 10 21 — 58

Mission 9 27 23 9 — 68

3-pointers: L—Parker 1, Baogno 1, Wu 1, Koch 1, Mapania 1. M—Hampton 5, Thomas 1, Foster 1. Rebounding leader: L— Parker 6. M— Howard Foster 10. Assists leader: L— Baogno 3. M— Hampton 3.

Wallenberg 49,

Lowell 46

LOWELL (10-5, 1-1)

Anthony Clay 10, Alex McNabb 3, Matt Wong 2, Travis Hom 11, Michael Yonemoto 2, Yuhki Sakai 18. Total 46.

WALLENBERG (12-2, 2-0)

Chibuzo Emeka 13, Michael Chiu 12,Victor Chew 2, Barry Au 2, Kurtis Wong 8, Travis Barabin 12. Total 49.

Lowell 12 14 10 10 — 46

Wallenberg 17 9 7 16 — 49

3-pointers: L—Hom 1, McNabb 1. W—M. Chiu 1. Rebounding leader: L—Sakai 5. W—Emeka 8. Assists leader: L—Hom 3. W—Wong 6.

BCL WEST

University 65,

Urban 52

URBAN (10-6, 0-2)

Aidan Coffino 3, Mike Bernstein 2, Chew 20, Cirillo 13, Eddy 14. Total 52.

UNIVERSITY (12-3, 2-0)

Shimon Lin 11, Evan Saunders 17, Justin Baker-Rhett 2, Johnny Williams 3, Nick Blum 3, Brian Park 27, Noah Springwater 2 Total 65.

Urban 11 11 16 14 — 52

University 8 8 27 22 — 65

3-pointers: Ur—Coffino 1, Chew 2. Un—Lin 3, Saunders 3, Williams 1. Rebounding leader: Un—Williams 6. Assists leader: Un—Lin 5.

Stuart Hall 70,

Crystal Springs Up. 57

STUART HALL (8-7, 1-1 BCL)

Aeon Wong 7, Justin Cano 2, Garrett Szeto 2, Winslow Hicks 20, Joe Hurd 9, Frank Duncan 15, John Bickle 8. Total 70.

CRYSTAL SPRINGS UP. (7-6, 1-1)

Sanjay Bahl 8, Tim Lu 5, Cameron Susk 21, Kyle Raines 2, Ryan Hingorani 3, Wyatt Woodson 17. Total 57.

Stuart Hall 14 14 16 26 — 70 Crystal Springs Up. 12 20 13 12 — 57

3-pointers: SH—Hicks 3, Bickle 2. CSU—Susk 3. Rebounding leader: SH—Duncan 14. Assists leader: SH—Hicks 6.

SMALL SCHOOLS BRIDGE LEAGUE

Jewish Community 52,

Summerfield Waldorf 43

SUMMERFIELD WALDORF (4-6, 2-4)

Jaremey Baril 3, Brian Massey-Todd12, Nick Phillips 4, Ken Boyd 18, Keegan McAuliffe 6. Total 43.

JEWISH COMMUNITY (4-10, 3-3)

Jason Lerman 8, Jake Sklar 22, Pavel Krylov 22. Total 52.

Summerfield Wald. 15 12 11 5 — 43

Jewish Comm. 9 22 9 12 — 52

3-pointers: SW—Ken 2, Jaremey 1. JC—Sklar 4.

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