When Lincoln’s basketball team came out for the final warm-ups, every Hornets player but one was somber.
Tyree Robinson was all smiles.
Playing his first game in more than six weeks, he made a huge impact as visiting Lincoln stunned fifth-seeded Morse 76-49 before an overflow crowd Wednesday in the San Diego Section Division II playoff opener.
It wasn’t only Tyree’s 16 points and eight rebounds. Needing to focus only on rebounding, Daniel Melifonwu pulled down 14 boards. Freed from carrying the scoring load, Tyrell Robinson had 15 points and unsung Kevon Mitchell tossed in 16.
“It feels good to be back,” said the University of Oregon recruit who suffered a broken foot five games into the season. “My foot feels fine. I just wanted to make it easier on everyone.”
The Hornets (12-13) came out running and never trailed, building a 39-18 lead in the second quarter before Morse (22-8) rallied to close it to 50-41 in the third quarter. Lincoln regrouped to win impressively.
“Things are back to normal,” Tyrell said of being reunited with his twin. “The Horrible Duo is back — and I mean that in a good way.”
Coach Jason Bryant said Tyree returned to practice a week ago and he could tell the difference.
“They picked it up 10 notches,” Bryant said.
Alfonso Wilson led Morse with 15 points.