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Monday, February 19, 2007

Schick leads Lincoln past Moline

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[February 19, 2007]  A night after Lincoln struggled, they rebounded very well against a struggling Moline team. Lincoln pulled away in the second half to beat Moline 52-35 in a nonconference game Friday night at Roy S. Anderson Gymnasium.

"We hit some shots. Our defense was OK; it wasn't great," said Lincoln head coach Neil Alexander of his team's performance. "They did a nice job of attacking; they were well-prepared."

After Ryan Sergeant scored nine straight points for Moline and then took the lead 13-12 with 12 seconds left in the first, the Lincoln defense really clamped down.

Moline played with the Railers the first half, but after leading by six at the half, Lincoln senior forward Matt Schick took over and scored six straight points for Lincoln to put the Railers up 31-22.

"We didn't find him. Those are the kinds of things we have to recognize," Alexander commented on Sergeant's three consecutive 3s. "If you let him catch and shoot, he's going to hit those shots."

Lincoln was led by Schick with 19 points. Josh Sutton scored 13 for the Railers.

With just under two minutes to play in the first half, Brandon Farmer gave the Lincoln fans a scare when he was knocked to the floor. Farmer lay motionless on the floor for several seconds before rolling over and getting up. He sat the rest of the first half and struggled to get himself going the rest of the game, going scoreless in the second half and finishing with eight points, all from the first half.

Moline was led by Shawn Ledbetler and Sergeant with nine points each. Dwanyn Scott added eight points for the Maroons.

Lincoln improves to 25-2 overall and finishes out the regular season Friday on Senior Night at Roy S. Anderson Gymnasium against Springfield Lanphier at 7:45.

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Norman Cook's Boston Celtics No. 52 jersey was retired in the pre-game ceremonies. Norman's mother, his three sisters and two children were in attendance to witness the honor. Norman's son, Brian -- a former Lincoln Railer star, former Illinois Fighting Illini standout and current Los Angeles Lakers forward -- was in attendance for the ceremony.

"I thought it was great," Lincoln coach Alexander said of Norman Cook's jersey being retired. "It was well-deserved, for a family that is well-deserving."

At Lincoln







Moline 13 6 10 6 35
Lincoln 12 13 13 14 52

Lincoln (52) -- Matt Schick 9 0-0 19, Josh Sutton 6 0-0 13, Brandon Farmer 3 1-1 8, Ethan Neitzel 3 0-0 6, Peter Welsh 2 0-0 4, Kyle Young 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 1-1 52

Moline (35) -- Shawn Ledbetler 4 1-2 9, Ryan Sergeant 3 0-0 9, Dwanyn Scott 4 0-0 8, Joe Thompson 1 1-2 3, Justin Blondell 1 0-0 2, Adam Gulley 0 2-4 2, Ryan Marik 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 4-8 35

3-point field goals: Lincoln 3 (Matt Schick 1, Brandon Farmer 1, Josh Sutton 1); Moline 3 (Ryan Sergeant 3)

Fouls: Lincoln 9, Moline 8

Rebounds: Lincoln 28, Moline 20

Turnovers: Lincoln 13, Moline 15

[Seth Laurence]

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