With one half gone, it was tied.
With four quarters in the books, it was tied.
With the overtime spotlight beaming down and everything on the line at the Martin Luther King Showcase, it was … a sophomore taking over.
Sam Bockman scored five of his 10 points in the extra period to lift No. 4 El Camino to a 71-62 win against eighth-ranked San Ysidro on Monday at Hoover High.
The 6-foot-6 forward converted a three-point play for a 63-60 lead. Then, after blocking a San Ysidro shot at the rim, he drove baseline for a layup and a 67-60 advantage with just under a minute left.
How about this kind of performance for someone who didn’t play as a freshman?
“This is a new thing for me,” said Bockman, who settled for battling teammates in practice last year after transferring from Oceanside.
More recently, he had to settle for sitting out the previous two games with a head injury.
His return to the court peaked at just the right time for the Wildcats (18-2), who won their 10th straight.
“He’s been coming along the whole year,” said El Camino coach Ray Johnson, who also praised the play of Dakota Orr (14 points off the bench).
Imanni Sobers led the Wildcats with 18 points. Chad Morrison added 16.
The Cougars (15-6) saw their five-game winning streak snapped. They got a game-high 19 points from Ronald Steward and 16 points from Orlando Quinones.
In other MLK Showcase games at Hoover:
Horizon 91, Hoover 90 (OT): Darren Carrington hit the game-winning layup just before the final buzzer as Horizon upset No. 5 Hoover in overtime on the Cardinals’ home court. With the final seconds ticking away, Carrington cut along the baseline, received a pass and laid the ball in to cap the Panthers’ stunner. The Oregon football commit finished with 14 points, including a two-handed alley-oop dunk earlier in the overtime period. Brothers Cody and Ethan Underwood led Horizon (7-8) with 19 points each, while Micah Goeglein had 16 points. For Hoover (18-5), Damonte Holiday had 29 points and Miles Nolen-Webb added 26.
Mission Hills 55, Lincoln 33: Cal commit Kameron Rooks scored 16 points to lead Mission Hills over Lincoln. The seventh-ranked Grizzlies (17-3) led 27-7 at the half. Brandon Phimmasone had nine points for the Hornets (7-9), who were playing without twin brothers and Oregon commits Tyree and Tyrell Robinson. According to Lincoln coach Jason Bryant, Tyrell has left the team to focus on recruiting while Tyree, who suffered a broken foot last month, also will not return this season.