Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln moved one step closer to the New York Public Schools Athletic League title game this weekend.
Led by Terps shooting guard target Lance Stephenson (28 points, 12 rebounds) and UM power forward signee James Padgett, Lincoln powered its way to a 86-80 win over Transit Tech in the PSAL quarterfinals.
Working high-lows with Maryland-bound power forward James Padgett (13 points), Stephenson did much of his damage close to the hoop, enjoying free reign with Transit Tech big man Rhamel Brown on the bench in foul trouble. He scored on putbacks, layups and finger rolls. He left the outside shooting to guards Darwin (Buddha) Ellis (15 points, seven assists) and Codion Becker (12).
According to NYDailyNews.com, Stephenson had a brief post-game encounter at St. John's Carnesecca Arena with a Red Storm assistant.
After scoring a game-high 28 points in top-seeded Lincoln's 86-80 victory over No. 9 Transit Tech in the PSAL "AA" quarterfinals, the senior guard crossed paths with Red Storm assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum as he walked out of Carnesecca Arena.
They had a brief exchange, with Quartlebaum telling Stephenson: "I can't talk to you, but let me say this ..." The coach then pressed his hands together, as if praying, and bowed in an obvious sign of homage.
• Maryland small forward target Mychal Parker led the Miller School to a 69-61 win over Atlantic Shores Christian for the Virginia Independent Schools Division II championship.
Miller also got a stellar performance from junior Mychal Parker in the win. Parker did a little bit of everything, as he led all scorers with 26 points to earn tournament MVP honors. Parker also pulled down nine rebounds and had several assists and a pair of steals.
• Potential UM point guard target Tyrone Garland exploded for 40 points in Philadelphia Bartram's 72-67 win over Pocono Mountain East in the first round of the Pennsylvania Class AAAA playoffs.
The 6-foot junior had 26 points through the first 31 minutes Saturday, but Bartram trailed 59-51 after two D.J. Strayhorn free throws with 44 seconds to go. That's when Garland took over, scoring off an offensive rebound and then hitting a 3 to pull the Maroon Wave to within two at 60-58. After Jakub Halicki hit one of two at the line to put East up by three, Garland took the inbounds pass, shook his defender and drained a 3 from 30 feet to tie the game at 61-61 with 3.3 seconds left.
The visiting Millers, who believed all the way to the end they could pull off the upset, had the ball in the hands of standout senior guard Xavier Drake in the last second and a chance to win. But Drake's off-balance three-point try in the right corner, with a hand in his face, found the front rim at the buzzer, making Will Barton's two free throws with seven seconds left stand as the Lakers survived with a 56-54 win.
Barton, a junior forward, led a balanced offense with 15 points, and the Lakers remained unbeaten (26-0) with a berth in the state semifinals set for Thursday at Comcast Center in College Park.
Montrose cut the lead again, to 47-43, on a 3-pointer by Terrence Ross (14 points) to close the third quarter. But the Warriors scored the first four points of the fourth from the foul line, and the Mustangs never got closer than five the rest of the way.
Taylor, a Maryland signee who will play in next month's McDonald's All-American game, guided Caravel's comeback in more ways than one.
"If she wasn't scoring," said St. Mark's coach John Fiorelli, "she was dishing off to somebody else. She is just a special player who takes them to another level."
• UM women's small forward commitment Alyssa Thomas paced Central Dauphin in the first round of the Pennsylvania Class AAAA girls basketball tournament.
Alyssa Thomas scored 22 points as Central Dauphin rolled to a 51-38 win over Great Valley at HersheyPark Arena.