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Lincoln Does Just Enough To Hang On and Win at Southeast
Harnacke Bails Out Railers With Three at Final Buzzer    
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[FEB. 17, 2007]  The top team in the Central State Eight, Lincoln Railers, did just enough to pull out a 58-55 win Friday night at Springfield Southeast, second in the Central State Eight.

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Lincoln (58) - Brandon Farmer 11-15 19; Matt Schick 4-4 14; Josh Sutton 0-2 9; Peter Welsh 5-5 5; Kyle Young FT(4-4) 4; Ethan Neitzel 0-1 4; Jacob Harnacke 0-0 3;

Totals: 24-31 58
Southeast (55) - Lawrence Thomas 4-5 26; Robert Haley 0-0 10; Corbin Doss 1-2 9; Brandon Myles 3-4 8; Sean Crawford 1-3 1; Jarius Montgomery 1-2 1;

Totals: 19 10-16 55
3-point field goals: Southeast - 7 ( Brandon Myles 1, Lawrence Thomas 6); Lincoln - 2 ( Josh Sutton 1, Jacob Harnacke 1)
Fouls: Southeast - 19, Lincoln - 17
Rebounds: Southeast - 24, Lincoln - 19
Turnovers: Southeast - 18, Lincoln - 19

11th-ranked Lincoln struggled throughout the second half, letting Southeast come back to tie the game late in the fourth quarter after leading by 17 at one point in the third quarter. With the score tied at 55, Lincoln junior guard Jacob Harnacke knocked down a three-pointer, on a cross-court pass from Matt Schick, as time expired to bail out the Railers.

“We were looking for Brandon (Farmer) or Matt (Schick) to get them a shot,” said Lincoln head coach Neil Alexander of the last play of the game, “or look for the open shot because they are going to double-team.”

With 4:22 to play in the third quarter and Lincoln leading 36-24, Southeast head coach Rick Montooth picked up a technical foul. As Brandon Farmer was shooting the second of the two technical free throws, Montooth picked up his second technical foul and was ejected from the game.

Farmer made three of the four technical foul shots. On the following play, Lincoln senior forward Josh Sutton knocked a free-throw line jumper to push the Railers' lead to 41-24.

Southeast came all the way back to tie the game at 53-53 with one minute to play in the fourth quarter.

The young Southeast Spartans' aggressive defense forced 19 Lincoln turnovers.

“They played great defense. They pressured us and forced a lot of turnovers,” Alexander said of Southeast's aggressive defense. “When you turn the ball over against Southeast, that's playing right into their hands,” he said.

The Railers take pride in their ability to shoot three-pointers well, but they made only two three-pointers in the entire game, both coming in the second half.

“We didn't find any or didn't shoot any,” Alexander said referring to his team's unusually low three-point shots taken and made.

“We did just enough to hang on,” Alexander said of his team's struggle on the road.

Lincoln was led by senior Brandon Farmer with 19. Matt Schick had a quiet 14 points. Josh Sutton added 9 for the Railers, who move to 24-2 overall, and 11-0 in the CS8.

Southeast, 16-7, 8-3, was led by sophomore guard Lawrence Thomas with a game-high 26 points. Thomas knocked down 6 three-pointers, some as far back as an NBA range three-point shot.

Lincoln will play at home tonight against Moline at 7:45.

[Seth Laurence]

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