Lincoln boys battle back to beat Stagg 66-64 in OT
LINCOLN 66, STAGG 64 (OT)
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT TOT
Delta Kings 19 12 13 15 5 64
Fighting Zebras 11 15 15 18 7 66
Player FG 3PT FT TOT REB
Summerhays 8-15 4-9 4-4 24 2
Lemus 1-2 1-2 0-0 3 2
Nicandro 1-11 0-3 3-3 5 4
C. Rodriguez 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
C. Manley 3-12 0-0 0-1 6 8
Pereira 3-9 1-6 4-4 11 4
Waymire 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0
Morebeck 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0
Avila 3-4 0-0 3-5 9 9
T. Rodriguez 2-5 0-0 2-2 6 4
G. Manley 1-3 0-0 0-0 2 6
TOTAL 22-67 6-22 16-22 66 39
After trailing most of the game, the Lincoln High boys basketball team steadily gained ground on visiting Stagg to take the Delta Kings into overtime where the Fighting Zebras earned a 66-64 victory.
In additional drama, Lincoln had the ball with seconds remaining in overtime and the score tied, 64-64. After a timeout, the Zebras worked the ball in to Preston Summerhays with less than three seconds on the clock.
The senior got off a baseline shot that missed, but Summerhays was fouled on the play. After sinking the first free throw, Summerhays tried to miss the second shot in order to start the clock and reduce Stagg’s chances of setting up a play.
“The first one I tried to make,” Summerhays said. “The second, the coach told me to miss it. I tried to shoot it to miss the rim and I made it instead.”
In spite of giving the visitors a chance to get off a shot, the Delta Kings were unable to convert, securing the victory for the Zebras.
“I think just bringing intensity every single game,” Summerhays said, describing a reason for Lincoln’s success this season. “And trying to get a stop every single play and realizing the value of each possession. And trying to capitalize on each mistake that they make and trying to get a basket ourselves.”
That has worked well enough to earn the Zebras an 8-3 preseason record so far. After losing their first two games to Del Oro and De La Salle, Lincoln has gone on an 8-1 run, dropping a 56-51 decision to an undefeated Dixon team Dec. 9.
Although many of the games have been close, including two overtime wins, the Zebras have been doing it with two starting sophomores. Jacob Avila starts in the post position and Angelo Nicandro at point guard.
“In the beginning, it was really tough because I was just coming onto a high school basketball team without too much varsity experience and playing against bigger guys,” said Nicandro. “There are things you do on the lower level that you can’t do on the varsity level. You just have to be smart about it. Every little play, every little thing, you just have to be smart and play in a team role.”
Head coach Robert Ash has been able to use his bench and get productive minutes out of all of them. The Zebras are not the tallest team in the area, but they’re beginning to play like it.
Lincoln goes on the road for four games and returns Jan. 5 to host Union Mine. Pioneer Valley League play begins for the Zebras at Foothill Jan. 11.