Railers fall to Taylorville 44-41 on a buzzer-beater
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[February 16, 2019]
The Lincoln Railers found themselves on the losing end of a thriller
Friday night at Roy S. Anderson Gymnasium - and their 12-game
winning streak snapped - as the Taylorville Tornadoes tore into
Playing in front of a near-capacity crowd, the Railers struggled
early shooting from the three-point line and were seemingly shut
down more often than not on drives to the basket. The end result was
a scramble to take the lead in the fourth quarter, only to see it
disappear every bit as quick as the game clock ticked away.
When the buzzer sounded, the Railers had to watch the Tornadoes
storm around senior Jack Livingston, whose three from the corner in
front of the Taylorville bench hit nothing but net to give the
visitors the 44-41 Apollo Conference win.
Jack Livingston, a name Railer fans will not forget in the coming
weeks, was on fire for Taylorville in the first quarter and he hit
the first four three-pointers that allowed the Tornadoes to take a
The Railers were kept in the game on baskets made by Kaden Froebe,
Jermaine Hamlin, Dylan Singleton, and Kameron Whiteman.
There were too many misses in the first quarter to mention and
Lincoln was lucky to escape the first quarter trailing the Tornadoes
15-12. Taylorville also got a three from Ryan Ess in the first
Lincoln was lucky enough to tie the game 15-15 in the second
quarter, but then things went south quickly. A technical foul called
on Noah Funk put the Railers behind 17-15.
Nick Livingston's three made the deficit 20-15.
Turnovers and missed shots plagued the Railers in the second quarter
as the Tornadoes held on to a 22-19 lead.
The highlight of the first half was not a basket by Lincoln, but
rather a pass. Following a steal, Froebe spotted Ewald running up
the court and he perfectly timed a bounce pass between the legs of a
Taylorville defender on the run. Ewald caught the pass without
missing a beat and laid it in for two points.
Lincoln was trailing 22-21 as the crowd erupted in applause.
Taylorville's Ess ran off the next five Taylorville points to hush
the Lincoln crowd as the two teams headed to the locker room with
the Tornadoes up 27-21.
Lincoln was hit and miss in the third quarter early, but nearly
mid-way through a three by Whiteman put the Railers up 29-28.
Taylorville stole the lead with a three by Jase Bergschneider at the
Lincoln managed a 31-31 tie as Ewald went to the basket.
Hamlin gave Lincoln a 33-31 lead as he got one to drop in the lane.
The quarter ended well for Lincoln as Singleton was fouled on the
drive and went to the free throw line to shoot two. With 0.0 on the
clock the super sophomore made both shots to put Lincoln up 35-31.
The fourth quarter saw Lincoln stretch the lead to 38-33 after
Whiteman hit another three.
Jack Livingston did not disappoint the Tornado fans at the other end
of the court. He buried a corner three and closed the gap, 38-36. At
the 4:20 mark it was Bergschneider for two and the 38-38 tie.
With just over two minutes to play, Ewald did what Coach Neil
Alexander told him to do just seconds earlier. "Bury one," shouted
the coach to no. 23 in the corner. Ewald did just that off the pass
The Railers took a 41-38 lead with 2:30 left to play.
After a couple Taylorville misses, Lincoln ended up with the rebound
and it was Singleton bringing the ball up the court.
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Overtime would have been nice. Not meant to be as
Taylorville's buzzer-beater settles the score 44-41.
After a bit of a passing game, Brandon Odam stole the ball from
Ewald's possession and the Tornadoes were off and spinning. Nick
Livingston launched a three from the corner that dropped through the
net as the scoreboard approached 1:28 left to play.
Lincoln controlled the ball at 41-41 until a series of questionable
events occurred. Ewald missed a three, but was clobbered and hit the
floor. Froebe scrambled to fight for the rebound and as he was
driving to the basket to lay it in, he was called for the charge.
Taylorville inbounded the ball under the Railers basket and moved
the ball up the court, only to call a timeout with 7.8 seconds left.
Another timeout was called before both sides finally settled on
positions on the court.
With Taylorville inbounding the ball amidst the tough Railer defense
and nearly losing possession of it, the Tornadoes Ryan Ess spotted
Jack Livingston in the corner and shot a long pass over to the ready
and waiting 6'1 guard. The shot flew out of his hands and through
the net as the Taylorville bench threw their arms in the air and
stormed the court.
Time expired and the Railers had lost 44-41. Jack Livingston
finished with 18 points for Taylorville, all three-pointers.
Lincoln was led in scoring by Kameron Whiteman with 14 points.
Dylan Singleton finished with 6 points but he pulled down 11
rebounds to lead the Railers.
Lincoln falls to 23-3 overall and finishes 11-1 in the Apollo
Taylorville boasts a 25-4 record overall and finishes 8-3 in the
In the JV contest Lincoln lost 45-42 to Taylorville. Landon
Hullinger scored 17 points and Seth Tungate tossed in 10 points for
Lincoln will celebrate Senior Night and host Decatur Eisenhower
tonight at Roy S. Anderson. The JV will tip-off at 5 p.m. and the
varsity is set to tip-off at 6:30 p.m.
K. Whiteman 14
Jack Livingston 18
Nick Livingston 8
B. Whiteman 2
T. Heimsness 19
K. Heimsness 7