Lincoln Does Just Enough To Hang On and Win at Southeast
Harnacke Bails Out Railers With Three at Final Buzzer
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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.
- 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
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
“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.