Vista boys fall to Lincoln, 66-43

By: By Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The boys’ basketball team of Vista del Lago lost its final non-league game at home on Friday night to the Lincoln High Zebras, 66-43.

The Zebras, who improved to 13-4 on the season, continued to create an ever-expanding margin against the Eagles (7-8) from the first quarter to the final buzzer. Lincoln contained the Eagles’ leading scorer Drew McPherson for the night, as McPherson scored only four points on two-of-nine shooting. Adam Felt, on the other hand, led the Zebras with a game-high 20 points.

“(Lincoln) came out with a gameplan to shut down Drew and they really took us out of our game. We had no answer,” said Vista head coach Matt von Tillow. “We couldn’t really get any other guys going. They disrupted our timing on offense and that was really the story.”

Lincoln began the second half with a 13-3 run over the first four minutes en route to a 21-point third quarter. They continued the damage in the fourth quarter with a barrage of three-pointers, including three straight from Felt, Austin Mallory and Matt Shirley to amass Lincoln’s biggest lead to that point.

The lone bright spot for Vista was a spark of shooting off the bench from sophomore guard Josiah Caler, who led his team with 11 points, including three buckets from long range.

Vista opens up Sierra Valley Conference play on Wednesday at Cosumnes Oaks, the defending SVC champion. Von Tillow knows his team needs to be more consistent and show a little more toughness to compete in league this season.

“It’s been an up and down season, just like a 7-8 record would be. We lost three games in overtime that probably shouldn’t have even gone into overtime. We had some other games that we were lucky to win too, so it’s all balanced out,” he said. “We have to work on things for league. We’ve got to work on our offense, sharing the ball more. When teams take away Drew, we need to use that to our advantage, not like we did tonight.”