Lincoln boys win streak reaches seven
The Lincoln High boys basketball team extended its preseason win streak to seven games by turning back a fierce Oakmont rally in the closing minutes for a 58-54 win last Thursday. The Fighting Zebras improved to 10-4 on the season.
Lincoln never trailed in the contest and at one point was up by as many as 13 points. Although unable to match the Vikings (3-7) on the boards it mattered little behind excellent shooting and a rock-solid defense.
The Zebras kept Oakmont at bay by at least six points throughout. It wasn’t until the Vikes turned up the heat in the closing minutes of the game that Lincoln’s lead started to erode.
“I believe we didn’t expect that (press) so late in the game,” said junior guard Marcus Salgado, who provided 15 points for the home club. “We were a little tired.”
Salgado now wears a clear plastic face mask after a severe blow to his face during the Capital Christian game at the Del Oro Invitational. He said the mask took a little getting used to because it blocks some of his peripheral vision.
The Zebras out played the visitors in nearly all categories except rebounding. Lincoln head coach Robert Ash said that was an issue his club was working on since the Zebras do not have a lot of height other than junior Logan Stayner.
Stayner is a solid player under the boards but he often gets into foul trouble; that can present a match-up problem for smaller substitutes when Stayner goes to the bench.
“He’s a junior,” Ash said of his starting center. “Every single game he’s getting a little better. That’s our biggest concern is when our big guys get in foul trouble we’re really, really small.”
Still, Stayner stepped up for seven points and seven rebounds against Oakmont. And, forwards Alexis Gonzalez and Adam Felt worked hard to make up for Stayner in his absence.
Senior James Pallas has been missing from the lineup due to injury but Ash hopes to have him back before league play starts.
In spite of the physical problems, Lincoln is winning. Salgado said Coach Ash has been working some new schemes into the offense to get players open for better shots. Ash, in turn, credits the team for the resurgence of Zebras’ basketball.
“We’re shooting a high percentage. When you shoot a high percentage that automatically makes you better,” Ash said. “Our kids have really bought into our system. I think it’s them more than anything. They’re super coachable.”
The boys in blue rolled over Woodland 63-34 Saturday. They will not return to the hardwood until after Christmas. They travel to Stockton to take on Stagg High School Dec. 28.
Lincoln 58, Oakmont 54
Vikings 14 9 12 19 – 54
Zebras 21 13 8 16 – 58
Lincoln – Adam Felt 9-11, 0-1, 22, 3Pt 2-3, Marcus Salgado 6-10, 1-2, 15, 3Pt 1-4, Alexis Gonzalez 2-9, 4-4, 8, Logan Stayner 3-6, 1-2, 7.
Rebounds – Felt 8, Stayner 7, Gonzalez 3.
Oakmont – 19-60 (32 Pct.), 9-12 (75 Pct.), 3Pt 3-17 (18 Pct.). Rebounds – 31. Turnovers – 14.
Lincoln – 21-45 (47 Pct), 6-11 (55 Pct.), 3Pt 6-14 (43 Pct.). Rebounds – 24. Turnovers – 12.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Bear River (8-1) 83-51 win over Pioneer
Center (2-8) 49-43 win over Christian Brothers
Foothill (4-7) 51-49 loss to Ponderosa
Placer (8-2) 55-49 win over Wooster (Reno, Nev.)
Colfax (8-2) 68-65 win over Chico
Head: Lincoln boys extend win streak to seven
Sub: Zebras hold off Oakmont