Wells erupts for 37 to spark Lick

Facing single coverage for the first time in the playoffs, Lick-Wilmerding star guard Marcus Wells took matters in his own hands.

The senior captain scored 37 points on 12-of-20 shooting as the sixth-seeded Tigers beat second-seeded St. Elizabeth of Oakland 55-50 and advanced to the North Coast Section Division V boys’ basketball championship game.

Lick (24-7) will face top-seeded Branson in Saturday’s 8 p.m. title game at the College of Marin.

“He is a true warrior,” Tigers coach Eliot Smith said of Wells. “He means love. He means character. He means leadership. He means success. He is what a coach dreams of.”

Wells, however, did have some help down the stretch against St. Elizabeth (23-7).

With his team up 50-48 and 2 minutes left in the game, senior Jeff Parkin hit his third 3-pointer of the game.

Parkin finished the contest with nine points and tied with Wells for a team-high six rebounds.

“What’s good about Jeff is he just does it,” Smith said. “He doesn’t think too much. He believes in himself.”

Branson 71, University 48

ROSSOliver McNally had 13 points and six rebounds as the top-seeded and two-time defending state champion Bulls (27-3) beat the fifth-seeded Red Devils (22-8) at the College of Marin. Senior Brian Park scored 14 to lead University.

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