Led by a huge second-half run, Lincoln raced out to a double-digit lead and held off Wilson for a 67-59 win tonight to move within a half-game of the first-place Rams in the Narrows 3A standings.
The Abes trailed 35-26 just over a minute into the second half, but launched a 30-10 in a little over 10 minutes, taking their first double-digit lead, at 55-45, on a layup by Justice Martion with under five minutes to play. Martion led the Abes with 16 points, scoring 12 in the fourth quarter to help Lincoln take command.
Wilson wouldn’t go quietly, as Alphonso Anderson converted a three-point play to cut it to 60-54 with two minutes to play, and Ivy Smith cut it to 62-57 with a three-pointer with 1:20 remaining. But Martion helped shut the door with an emphatic dunk with 40 seconds remaining to make it 65-57.
The Rams used a 14-2 run in the first quarter to charge out to a 19-8 lead on a layup by guard David Jenkins. Wilson got its largest lead with 2:40 remaining in the first half, as the Abes were called for goaltending on Smith’s layup to make it 29-16.
The Rams stayed aggressive and drew contact throughout the second half, but were inaccurate at the free-throw line, converting just 17 of 34 attempts.
Anderson and Jamal Welch led Wilson with 15 points apiece, while Ahmaad Rorie tallied 13 points for Lincoln and Cameron Collins added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Wilson dropped to 9-1 in league play, while Lincoln improved to 8-1 in the Narrows 3A.
LINCOLN: Justice Martion 16, Ahmaad Rorie 13, Trevion Brown 10, Dionte Simon 10, Cameron Collins 10, Josiah Barsh 5, Londrell Hamilton 3
WILSON: Alphonso Anderson 15, Jamal Welch 15, Ivy Smith, Jr. 14, David Jenkins 9, Jerrell Gray 3, Keun Thompson 2, Robert Knox 1