HERSHEY, Pa. -- Lincoln Park, which trailed by as many 16 points in the first half, rallied late to beat Math, Civics and Sciences, 70-66, in Friday afternoon’s PIAA Class A state boys’ basketball final at the Giant Center.
Down by 57-51 heading into the fourth quarter, the Leopards went on 10-2 run. They went in front, 59-57, on a putback by Maverick Rowan with a little more than three minutes to go.
Junior guard Samir Doughty paced MC&S, which fell short of winning its first title since 2011, with 26 points. Mike Watkins, a 6-foot-9 junior, collected 17 points, 17 rebounds, and five blocked shots.
Maverick Rowan, a 6-7 sophomore and Pittsburgh recruit, paced Lincoln Park (30-1) with 37 points. He went 9 for 9 from the foul line.
Senior forward Elijah Minnie aided the Leopards, who shot 17 for 21 from the free-throw line, with nine blocks, eight points, and eight boards.
Sparked by 16 points from Doughty and 11 from Watkins, MC&S was ahead, 38-33, at halftime. It had a 24-14 rebounding advantage.
Down by 13-9 in the first quarter, the Mighty Elephants (15-15) went on a 22-2 run. Watkins’ putback dunk put them in front, 31-15, with 4:42 left in the second stanza.
Lincoln Park, which shot 4 for 16 from three-point territory, responded with a 10-2 spurt to cut the gap to 32-25.
Doughty shot 7 for 10 from the field before intermission; Watkins, a Penn State recruit, grabbed nine boards (four on offense) and blocked three shots.
With Doughty scoring seven points and Watkins six, MC&S won the first quarter, 18-15,