Lincoln (11-2, 4-0) got four early points inside from Kyle Young,
who was matched up against 6-foot-3, 250-pound sophomore
Kendall Murdock. It was apparent early on that the Railers would be
able to feed Young the ball inside with that matchup.
Matt Reed made a key decision early by going to four guards, taking
Murdock out and trying to out-quick the Railers on both ends of the
court. The Railers only scored five points the rest of the quarter
two more from Young and a 3 from Jordan Nelson. The pace quickly turned to a Senator-favored slow-down
type of game with 30 to 45 seconds
The second quarter was no better
offensively for the Railers. In fact, over the final three quarters,
Lincoln scored only two field goals in each eight-minute span.
Lincoln's seven points in the second quarter were bested by sophomore guard
Mark Gilchrese's eight points for the Senators. The Railers went into
a 16-15 lead, and it appeared the game was headed to a "first one to
As the third quarter started, things were looking up as Louis
Schonauer and Nelson hit from long distance to stretch the Railer
lead to seven at 22-15. Unfortunately, Lincoln could not handle the
advantage and watched as the Senators ran off 11 in a row to
take a three-point lead at the end of the quarter. Other than the
early six from Schonauer and Nelson, Lincoln's only other scoring in
the quarter was a free throw from Schonauer.
Defensively, the Railers were doing a good job, holding the Senators
to only 26 points in the first three quarters. However, the Senator
defense was doing a little bit better, creating an offensive turmoil
for Lincoln, forcing the Railers into quick shots, sloppy passes
and bad decisions.
Once into the fourth quarter, and with the lead,
Springfield seemed content to run as much clock as possible and
shorten the game. The decision to slow down the game may have cost
Springfield, as it seemed to rob them of any momentum that had
amassed on their side.
The Railers were able to get the lead back at
the 6:00 mark, 29-28, thanks to a Jordan Nelson 3-pointer. Two free
throws by the Senators put them on top 30-29, while the seesawing
continued with a Schonauer layup. The last Springfield lead was at
Lincoln took the lead for good after a foul, questionable
from Springfield's perspective, put Nelson at the line, where he hit
both free throws.
One more free throw by Kyle Young finished out the scoring, although
the Senators missed a baseline jumper, got the rebound and fell
short on the final shot before time expired.
The evening's PA
announcer, Jeff Nelson, may have summed up the game better than
anyone by saying, "Lincoln survives 34-32."
The evening's 34 points were from only four players, led by Kyle
Young's 12. Jordan Nelson joined him in double figures with 11,
including three 3-pointers. Louis Schonauer added nine, while Kyle
Frick chipped in a basket.
After being named to the all-tournament team at Collinsville, Ben
Brackney was held scoreless, but he did lead the team in rebounds with
Rebounding was again an issue for Lincoln as they were out-boarded 24-13, none of them on the offensive end. Offense was a
trouble spot all night as the Railers managed only 10 shots in the
second half and 26 for the game.
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The junior varsity for Lincoln dropped a close contest to open
the night, falling to the Senators 50-47.
Lincoln will be back in action Friday night as the Railers take to
the road in conference play against Springfield Sacred
Heart-Griffin. The contest will tip at 7:30 and, as always, you can
catch the game on WLCN-FM 96.3 and here at
LINCOLN (34) --
Young 3 6-8 12, Nelson 3 2-2 11, Schonauer 3 1-2 9, Frick 1 0-0 2,
Smith 0 0-0 0, Brackney 0 0-0 0, Neece 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0
TEAM 10 9-12 34.
3-point FG: Team 5 (Nelson 3, Schonauer 2).
Springfield (32) --
Gilchrese 13, Hale 8, Mathis 5, Burnett 4, Wilkerson 2.
End of first quarter -- LCHS 9, Springfield 7
Halftime -- LCHS 16, Springfield 15
End of third quarter -- Springfield 26, Lincoln 23
Other Railer notes:
Lincoln shot 39 percent (10-of-26) for the game, while the Senators
also finished at 39 percent.
Lincoln had no second-chance points.
On a personal note, I would like to thank all of those who have
extended condolences to me and my family after the death of my
father last week. Your thoughts and prayers have been greatly
appreciated and mean a great deal. I want to thank Tom Larey for
sliding into the play-by-play seat for the last day at Collinsville,
while Mitch Smith took over the commentary. They had to do this
without much notice and almost brought the Railers home with the
first-place trophy. I also want to thank Tom for filling in on
bringing you these reports on the Railers. It was a good thing to
get back, because I didn't want to be Wally Pipp-ed. Again, I thank
you all -- it was greatly appreciated!
[Special report by JEFF BENJAMIN]