DALLAS -- In the first matchup of the top two teams in District 12-4A, Dallas Woodrow Wilson gave Dallas Lincoln a run for its money before losing by two points.
Friday’s rematch was another barnburner.
Lincoln almost gave the game away by missing key free throws late but held on to beat Woodrow, 67-64, at Forester Field House and clinch the outright district championship.
Lincoln, No. 2 in ESPNDallas.com's 4A rankings, missed nine free throws in the fourth quarter as Woodrow climbed within three points with under a minute remaining to play. The Wildcats, however, couldn't convert on two late 3-point shots.
“We missed free throws and we went down to the other end and didn’t stop them,” Lincoln coach Leonard Bishop said. “We either have got to make free throws or get a stop.”
Lincoln began the game hot, riding newly minted McDonald's All-American LeBryan Nash to a 29-24 halftime lead. Nash finished the second quarter on fire, throwing down two authoritative slams.
“[Nash is] the straw that stirs us,” Bishop said. “If he’s playing well, and especially if he’s shooting the ball well, then we’ve got a good ball club.”
Nash was on target from outside Friday, complementing his dunking ability by hitting five 3-pointers and finishing with 28 points.
Woodrow’s Curtis Davis had an answer in the second half, penetrating to score baskets and draw fouls. His game-leading 32-point effort kept the Wildcats alive until the final buzzer.
“Woodrow is always fired up to play us,” Bishop said. “[Davis] shoots the ball extremely well. They shot the ball well from outside.”
Lincoln advanced to 10-0 in district play, building an insurmountable lead over 8-2 Woodrow with one game to play.
“What it does is it allows us to start looking at the people we have to play [in the playoffs] and get our game plan ready for those teams,” Bishop said.