Brooklyn’s Lincoln HS Wins 12th City Basketball Championship

Published on: 17th March, 2013

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New York — There were a number of defining moments during top-seeded Lincoln’s dominant, 65-52, win over No.2 Jefferson in Saturday’s PSAL Class AA boys basketball championship at the Garden that put the spotlight back on a program that hadn’t won a title since 2009.

The sight of Trevonn Morton burying a three-pointer just in front of the Lincoln bench to put the game away was enough to bring a tear to the eyes of anyone related to him. In fact, Lincoln coach Dwayne (Tiny) Morton — his father — nearly broke down in the post-game press conference while discussing what it meant to share his eighth title with his son.

“This is probably my most emotional victory that I’ve had since I’ve been at Lincoln,” Morton said of the school’s 12th overall championship. “If you guys were in my shoes you’d feel like I do.”

Then there was the spectacle of highly-touted junior Isaiah Whitehead winning his first title while having to deal with constant comparisons to past Lincoln greats such as Lance Stephenson and Sebastian Telfair, who each won multiple rings.

Though Whitehead took just five shots and finished with 12 points in 22 minutes, he helped his team in other ways, such as his pretty drive-and-dish to Elijah Davis for a bucket that helped spark a 12-1 run to start the fourth quarter.

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The Railsplitters hadn’t won a PSAL championship banner since the 2009 season.

“To get a championship after losing my freshman year in the finals was amazing,” said Whitehead, who also had 10 rebounds but turned the ball over seven times against Jefferson’s speedy guards.

But perhaps the most satisfying moment was a play between Davis and the game’s MVP, Desi Rodriguez, who finished with 16 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks. The two junior transfers played off each other like musicians, constantly finding the other on cuts to the basket and presenting match-up problems for Jefferson with their size and ability to handle the ball.

Davis, who scored a game-high 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting, was trapped along the baseline late in the fourth quarter, but out of the corner of his eye, he saw a cutting Rodriguez and delivered a perfect wrap-around pass, which Rodriguez converted into an acrobatic reverse layup while getting fouled with 3:04 left. His free throw pushed the lead to 57-43.

Jefferson (26-6), led by Richard Moody’s 17 points and six steals, made just 27% of its shots. Senior guard Jaquan Lynch scored just two points and the Orange Wave was out-rebounded, 50-36.

Lincoln (26-5) advances to next weekend’s Federation tournament in Albany.

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