But not always, as was proven in the Lincoln College men's
basketball team's 72-67 loss to Lake Land Community College on
The Lynx -- who return just one player from last season's roster
-- squandered a 30-23 halftime advantage to drop their overall
record to 1-1 on the season.
Lincoln College coach Pat Lepper felt that his young team was a
bit "shellshocked" by the atmosphere at the Lincoln Center in their
"We've got to learn how to stay in the moment and not let the
emotions get the best of us," said Lepper. "We had a great crowd,
great support and a lot of energy in the gym. But, at times, we
would score a bucket and not get into our press. Our guys lost their
minds a little bit.
"Offensively, we just weren't crisp. Our guys were a little
shellshocked by the environment. But that's what happens when you
have 13 freshmen. I think that'll get better and that'll help us in
the future. Tonight, our guys didn't respond how I thought they
"We just weren't really in sync," said freshman guard Aaron
Simpson, who finished with 10 points. "It was the first home game.
The atmosphere was a little crazy and we weren't really used to it.
But mostly, we have to improve on defense and not foul as much as we
did tonight. On offense, we need to spread the floor and make sure
we're crisp with our passes."
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One place where the first-game jitters appeared to be evident was
the free-throw line, where the Lynx turned in a troublesome
"Absolutely," said Lepper when asked if his team's struggles at
the free-throw line were a key factor in the loss. "To go 10-for-25
for 40 percent from the line, but we fought back and only lost by
five. A few more free throws would have helped."
The Lakers were able to keep the Lynx out of rhythm on offense by
using a variety of defenses. Each time the Lynx would solve one
defense, Lake Land would switch to another.
The result was a game that was more of a chess match than a track
meet, which negated Lincoln College's speed and ability to score in
"We're trying to play up-tempo," said Lepper. "When a team can
slow us down like that, it can hurt us at times."
The Lynx were led by JoVaughn Gaines, who finished with 12
points. Andrew Jordan added 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked
shots, while Courtney Jones and Sam James also scored eight points
each for Lincoln College.
[By JUSTIN TIERNEY]
Lincoln College men's basketball