Not being home with your families for the
first time ever on Thanksgiving Day was something different for 12
of the 14 players on the roster. The Lincoln men's team decided to
have their own Thanksgiving meal with their basketball family at the
college before departing for Burlington, Iowa, Thursday morning.
"It's something they do at the next level, and I feel that it
helps bring the guys even closer together as a team," said head
coach Pat Lepper.
The guys arrived at Burlington ready for a 7 p.m. tip, facing
Southeastern Iowa Community College.
The guys put up a physical, well-fought first half but still
found themselves trailing by 10 at halftime. They found a way to
turn up the defensive intensity in the second half and trimmed to
lead to one with 7:00 minutes left in the game.
The game was a battle to the end, but the Lynx fell short of
Southeastern by a score of 78-73.
Lincoln was led by Aaron Simpson with 24 and JoVaughn Gaines with
Coach Lepper said: "I really like the way this group never gives
up and will play to the end of the game. By not giving up, we give
ourselves a chance to win every game that we play."
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The Lynx returned the next day to face Black Hawk East and former
Lincoln College coach B.J. McCullum.
The first half was very sluggish and sloppy for Lincoln, and they
found themselves trailing 42-31 at halftime. The sluggish play
continued seven minutes into the second half, when the Lynx found
themselves trailing by the score of 66-46.
The lights turned on and Lincoln battled back over the last half
of the game. After getting the lead cut to 10 with about eight minutes
left, Lincoln got a couple of defensive stops and made a run to take
the lead at 71-69. Never looking back, Lincoln was able to finish
the game and win by the score of 77-74.
Lincoln was led by Aaron Simpson with 22 points and Courtney
Jones with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Coach Lepper's take on the game: "I'm proud of our guys for not
giving up. With no fans in the gym, itís very difficult to create
energy, especially when you get down 20, but our guys found a way to
get it done. This is a good learning experience for such a young
Lincoln now has a record of 6-3.
The men's basketball team will be back in action Monday at Lewis
and Clark Community College.
[Text from file received from
Lincoln College men's basketball