Lincoln Park edges Union in OT
Lincoln Park (58) Vs. Union (55)
Dec 23, 2008
Make sure to get a ticket when Lincoln Park plays at Union High on Jan. 27.

It will be money well spent.

Including last night’s Section 1-A contest at the storied Midland Gym, the two boys teams have met four times. Each team has now won twice and every game has gone down to the wire — or beyond.

Lincoln Park won the latest showdown in dramatic fashion. David McCauley, a 6-foot-4 senior, tossed in a 3-pointer from the right wing with two seconds left in overtime to give the Leopards a thrilling 58-55 victory.

The three points is the largest margin of victory in the series.

The two teams went into the game with 2-0 records in Section 1-A. Lincoln Park is now 5-3 overall, while Union dropped to 4-4.

The score was tied at 52 at the end of regulation. Lincoln Park went up by a point on a free throw by Marcus Brown, but Union’s Matt Ault answered with a 3-pointer to give the Scotties a 55-53 advantage.

McCauley, who scored 35 points, got free for a layup with 2:51 left in the extra session and Union missed at the other end.

Lincoln Park got the ball with about 2:30 left and Union set up in a 2-3 zone on defense. Lincoln Park coach Chris Raso decided to hold the basketball for a final shot since the Scotties didn’t come out and force the action.

Raso called a timeout with nine seconds left and when play resumed the Leopards got the ball to McCauley off a screen and he buried the 3-point jumper.

“We figured he was going to take it. Our guard just didn’t step up and he got an open look,” Union coach Dave Smialowski. “But it shouldn’t have come down to that.”

Smialowski was upset at the number of free throws the Scotties missed. They were 6 of 17 from the line and missed the front end of two one-and-ones in the fourth quarter. In the second half, they were 4 of 15 at the line.

“We didn’t make our free throws and we didn’t take care of the basketball,” Smialowski said. “We need to do a better job of both. We haven’t been shooting free throws very well so far.”

Missed free throws hurt in the final seconds of regulation. Matt Adamo made one of two to give Union a 52-51 lead with 45 seconds left. Ault, who scored 18 points, missed a pair of free throws with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter, leaving the door open for Lincoln Park.

“I don’t know what it is when we play each other,” Raso said. “We beat them on a tip at the buzzer here last year and they beat us by two at their place and then they beat us by two in the (WPIAL) quarterfinals. For two teams who didn’t start playing each other until last season it has developed into a good rivalry.

“I’ll tell you, these have been four of the best games I’ve coached in.”

It looked as if Union was going to have an easy time of it when it went on top 34-21 on a layup by Mike Pelto with 2:10 left in the third quarter. But McCauley scored seven consecutive points to get the Leopards back into the game. A three-point play off a fast-break layup by Sean Shirley with 1:13 left in the fourth quarter gave the Leopards a 51-49 lead.

“I never feel comfortable until the buzzer,” Smialowski said. “I knew they were going to make a run. They’re athletic and McCauley is a heck of a player.

“It’s disappointing because we could have won if we make our free throws and you want to win on the road when you get a chance. But it’s not the end for us.”
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Lincoln Park 16 10 10 16 6 58
Union 12 7 9 24 3 55
Box Scores
UNION (55)
Anthony Thomas 3 0-3 6
Nick DeCesare 2 0-2 4
Jason Burkes 6 2-2 16
Matt Adamo 3 3-5 9
Matt Ault 7 1-5 18
DeVonta Thomas 0 0-0 0
Mike Pelto 1 0-0 2
Anthony Forletta 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 22 6-17 55.

Keith Hutchins 0 0-0 0
Marcus Brown 2 1-2 6
Sean Shirley 3 1-3 7
Trey Hosack 3 0-0 8
David McCauley 14 6-8 35
Cameron McDinald 1 0-2 2.
Totals: 23 8-15 58.

LINCOLN PARK 16 10 10 16 3 — 56
UNION 12 7 9 24 6 — 58

3-point goals — Union 5 (Ault 3, Burkes 2); Lincoln Park 4 (Hosack 2, Brown 1, McCauley 1).
JV score: No game.
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