El Camino's Devin Watson (shown in a game earlier this season) scored 33 points in the Wildcats' win over Lincoln on Saturday.
Oceanside Gone are the days of Norman Powell, the Robinson twins and guaranteed state basketball playoff games for Lincoln.
The days of 20-win seasons and San Diego Section playoff success for El Camino just seem to go on forever.
Though the cast changes every year, the results under coach Ray Johnson don’t as the second-seeded Wildcats made their Open Division debut an impressive one, downing Lincoln Saturday night at home 105-68.
The win was the 20th straight for El Camino (27-3), which advances to Wednesday’s semifinals at home against La Costa Canyon, a team the Wildcats beat — barely — twice this season.
Devin Watson led the way for El Camino with 33 points in the first three quarters before taking a seat when the lead hit 40, 92-52, leading to a running clock for the final seven minutes.
“I’m just trying to get another (championship) ring,” said the 6-foot senior guard, who helped Army-Navy capture the Division IV title last year before transferring to El Camino.
“This is probably the best game we’ve played this year. I’ve been in the gym working on my shot because now that we’re in the playoffs, everyone gives their best. It’s exciting.”
Lincoln (13-13) stayed with El Camino for the first quarter, matching the Wildcats shot for shot to trail just 28-24.
While El Camino kept burying field goals from near and far, the Hornets could not keep pace.
Quen Meadows (18 points) and Samuel Bockman (12 points, 10 rebounds) supported Watson as the Wildcats were on fire.
“The last three weeks we’ve been shooting well,” Johnson said of his streaking club. “When they double-teamed Devin, that left Quen open and a first-team all-leaguer is supposed to make those shots.”
Lincoln’s Steve Garrett and Corey Whipple each tossed in 14 points while Daniel Melifonwu had 12 points and 11 rebounds.