Lincoln Railers defeat Mount Zion 62-40
Hullinger leads with 27
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[February 15, 2021]
Lincoln Railers hosted the Mount Zion Braves on Saturday afternoon
at Roy S. Anderson Gymnasium. After a late night in Effingham, the
Railers had just enough rest to get the 62-40 victory over the
first quarter saw the Railers jump out to a 5-0 lead on buckets by Dylan
Singleton and Elijah Pollice. Ethan Hamrick put Mount Zion on the board
with his three at the 3:55 mark and as evident by the score, the buckets
were not falling fast or furiously in the first quarter.
couple more baskets by Singleton stretched the lead to 9-5. Hamrick
pulled the Braves closer with a floater in the lane before Hullinger
ended the first quarter on a three. Lincoln led 12-7 after the first
eight minutes of play.
second quarter was a little slow to start as well. Singleton’s bucket
off the glass and his “and one” put Lincoln back in the scoring column
with 6:19 showing on the clock.
Hullinger scored the next two baskets for Lincoln in the lane and the
Railers lead grew to 19-7.
Hamrick would end the scoring drought for Mount Zion with a three at the
2:50 mark. With the rest of the second quarter scoring in the hands of
either Hamrick, Hullinger or Singleton, the Railers held the 24-12
advantage at the half.
third quarter was about building that lead and putting away these
Braves. With the Railers up 25-16, Hullinger went on a 9-0 run in a
matter of just over a minute. Corner threes were his specialty and he
hit three in a row to guide Lincoln to a 34-16 lead.
Railers defense kept pressuring the Braves and a steal by Brody Whiteman
contributed to a Singleton bucket. At the 3:20 mark Hullinger spotted
the open lane and quickly made the drive and the easy bucket for two.
Seconds later Pollice stole the ball from the Braves and he tossed it
ahead to Singleton, who eyed an open Hullinger. Hullinger was hot on
this cold afternoon and he decided to pull up for the short jumper and
hit nothing but net. Lincoln’s lead was up to 40-16.
After a three by Adam Grunder the Lincoln lead had grown to 49-21. By
the end of the third quarter, Lincoln was in control 49-25.
fourth quarter was more of the same. Hullinger, Singleton and Pollice
allowed Lincoln to go ahead 56-27 as the five-minute mark was
approaching. While Hamrick tried his best in the fourth quarter for his
Braves, it was no match for Lincoln's arsenal.
drive by Pollice put the Railers up 58-34. Singleton made the score
60-40 on his drive with 1:35 left to play.
Finally, it was Jaylen Conway sprinting ahead of the pack after a
Lincoln steal and the 5' 10 junior laid it in for the final basket of
Lincoln walked away with the 62-40 victory.
Landon Hullinger led Lincoln with 27 points. Dylan Singleton scored 21
points for the Railers.
Ethan Hamrick led Mount Zion with 24 points.
Lincoln improves to 4-1 on the season.
Railers will host Normal West Monday night. The JV game will start at 6
p.m. The Varsity will start at 7:30 p.m.
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In the JV game Saturday afternoon Lincoln picked up a 41-25 win.
The Railers were quick to jump out to an 11-2 lead, getting baskets
from Aidan Gowin, Darren Stevens and Payton Cook. The Lincoln lead
was 11-6 at the close of the first quarter. The Braves came back
strong in the second quarter, but Lincoln’s scoring trio of Gowin,
Stevens and Cook kept Lincoln on top 18-15 at the half.
Cook’s nice moves in the lane to start the third quarter scoring put
Lincoln on top 22-15.
After Jake Bivin connected for a three the Railers lead was up to
Tyler Sasse padded the lead even more with his field goal.
A three by Stevens made the score 30-19 and this JV team was
clicking for Coach Gregg Alexander.
Just as the third quarter was nearing the end, Gowin drove the lane
and drew four defenders in, he quickly tossed the ball to Cook
underneath the basket and it was Cook’s kiss off the glass for two
that allowed Lincoln a nice 32-22 lead after three.
The Lincoln JV continued their impressive showing in the fourth
quarter. Trey Schilling hit a three early to put Lincoln in the lead
Stevens drove the lane for the layup and the 37-22 lead.
Then it was Cook pulling down the offensive rebound and putting it
back up for two points.
Finally with just less than a minute to play, Cadge Kingsley scored
a basket and the final score was settled at 41-25.
A solid team effort by the Railers JV squad.
Payton Cook led the Railers with 14 points. Darren Stevens added 10
points for Lincoln.
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