Results

Team1234TOutcome
BLUEFIELD1412161759Loss
LINCOLN1212162363Win

Recap

Accidentally left out of the WVSSAC boys state tournament program, Lincoln used Thursday afternoon’s Class AA quarterfinals to let the rest of the field in on a little secret:

Cinderella lives.

Lincoln, a team with 12-13 record entering play at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, stunned second-seeded Bluefield during a 63-59 victory in the best game of the tourney so far.

The No. 7 Cougars, who trailed 14-12 after one period, withstood a 9-0, second-quarter run by Bluefield and bounced back to trail only 26-24 at halftime on Jonathan Leep’s late 3-pointer.

The teams stayed tight throughout a back-and-forth second half in which neither team led by more than three points. The two squads were tied 13 times in all.

Chase Riley scored 16 of his game-high 28 points in the final quarter to lead Lincoln, which went ahead for good on his jumper with 2:26 remaining.

However, a pair of missed free throws by Riley with 17 seconds to play gave Bluefield one final opportunity. A shot missed the mark, however, and Riley rebounded the ball. He raced the length of the court to score a clinching layup.

Lincoln’s overly enthusiastic student section, moments earlier singing along to the appropriate Bon Jovi song “Livin’ on a Prayer,” erupted in celebration and was soon joined by the team.

Cory Fazalare added 11 points for Lincoln (13-13).

Mookie Collier scored 24 points and Ryan Davis 14, including eight to keep his team alive in the fourth quarter, as Bluefield’s season ended at 22-4.

Lincoln will play No. 3 Chapmanville in Friday’s semifinals.

Details

DateTimeLeagueSeason
03/16/20171:00 pmBoys2016-2017

Venue

Charleston Civic Center
200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25301, USA