Sixth graders cruise while seventh and eighth graders win by single digits
Lincoln’s sixth, seventh and eighth grade boys basketball teams completed a tri fecta Wednesday when each won a game against the Edison Panthers at home.
The sixth graders got the ball rolling after they had defeated the Panthers 25-9. Lincoln and Edison battled early with the teams tying each other three different times. Finally, the Lions pulled away in the remaining three minutes of the half on Mail Iakopo’s putback, Johnny Iotamo’s jumper and Andru Wade’s three-pointer.
Blake Douglas continued the Lion roll in the second half with a turn around jumper before the Panthers scored their next points. After the basket, the Panthers would only score a free throw the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Lincoln scored 10 points including a pair of three-pointers.
Seventh graders win by nine
The Lincoln seventh graders had a much closer game as they outlasted Edison 33-24. Edison may of scored the first bucket of the game but it was the Lions that had the momentum after scoring the next 10 points with six coming from Colt Niblett.
After the teams had traded baskets, Edison narrowed the Lincoln lead down to four at 14-10. Lincoln quickly bounced back with a three-pointer to up the lead to seven. The Lions would eventually up the lead to nine at 21-12 thanks to Ryan Self’s basket with one second left in the half.
Lincoln threatened to pull away for good early in the second half by reeling off six straight points including layups from Anthony Rodriguez and Oscar Nuno.
The Lions would maintain their double digit advantage until the final seconds of the game when Edison scored the last five points.
Lincoln’s eighth grade boys basketball team experienced a tougher contest after edging past Edison 33-25.
Like the seventh grade game, Edison scored the first basket of the game, before Lincoln scored the next eight points. The Lions held a single digit advantage until Eddie Romo scored on a layup with 14:02 left to up the Lincoln lead to 10 at 14-4.
After the teams traded baskets, the Lions scored four straight points to up the lead to 18-6. The Lions increased their advantage to 13 before the Panthers scored the final five points of the half to trail 22-14.
Lincoln rebounded in the opening stages of the second half by building their lead back to double digits. The Panthers followed with a three-pointer and putback to trail 28-19.
Edison cut the Lincoln lead down to eight before Dylan Savaii scored on a putback to give Lincoln a 31-21 advantage.
The Panthers went on one last run, cutting the Lion lead to six at one point before Savaii sank two free throws to seal the eight point victory for Lincoln.
Danny Romo led Lincoln in scoring with 15 while Savaii chipped in with 8. Bowe Cleveland and Paul Valencia each had 6 rebounds to lead the team.