Lincoln holds off Union Mine for 69-67 win

Zebras open league at Foothill
By: Kirby Desha for The News Messenger
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Boys Basketball Preseason Standings

Lincoln (0-0, 13-3) win over Union Mine 69-67

Placer (0-0, 12-5) win over Vista del Lago 65-47

Colfax (0-0, 11-5) win over Winters 77-41

Bear River (0-0, 7-6) loss to El Dorado 53-37

Center (0-0, 7-8) win over Rio Linda 61-42

Foothill (0-0, 3-13) loss to Liberty Ranch 71-68


Jan. 16 (Tue.) – Placer

Jan. 18 (Thu.) – Colfax


If Lincoln High boys basketball head coach Robert Ash was in the habit of chewing his nails during close games he would be down to the bone about now. Fortunately, he paces the floor instead

After winning seven of their preseason games by an average margin of four points per game, the Fighting Zebras battled to victory No. 8 69-67 over Union Mine at home Friday. Lincoln improved to 13-3 on the season and is 11-1 since losing their first two games of the season to Del Oro and De La Salle.

There was plenty of drama against Union Mine, as neither team was going to go down easily. The first quarter was low scoring, with both teams struggling to find a rhythm.

The Diamondbacks showed a tough defense, but were unable to gets shots to fall. Lincoln led 14-11 at the end of the first period. Halfway through the second period, the Zebras fell down by a point, but after a furious finish to the half the home team again led 34-32.

Lincoln then found their stride and went up by 10 points after the break. In the fourth quarter, the Zebras had an 18-point lead with 6:47 left in the game. But the Diamondbacks were not done yet.

The visitors made a terrific comeback, thanks in part to excellent free throw shooting. The D’Backs knocked down 22-of-24 charity tosses to close the gap to two points with 18 seconds left in the game.

As if in an attempt to hear Coach Ash’s stomach churn, Lincoln turned the ball over with just nine seconds remaining. Fortunately for Zebras’ fans, Union Mine’s final shot missed and Lincoln squeaked by for the win.

Preston Summerhays led the Zebras in scoring with 16 points, followed by Gabriel Gillespie (15) and Angelo Nicardro (13.) Connor Manley pulled down seven rebounds and put up nine points.

The Zebras shot a respectable 77 percent from the free-throw line, making 14-18.