The Lincoln Abes won a thrilling boys basketball game against Stadium on Jan. 25, edging their cross-town rivals 54-53 in a game that looked to be heading to overtime. The contest took place at Lincoln.
Lincoln’s Reggie Archibald and Stadium’s Donnelle Irvin each sank three-point shots in the first period. The Tigers led 12 to eight after one.
Lincoln guard Kashaud Babbs displayed some smooth moves with his hands and feet on a layup that made the score 20-10 Stadium. Dylan O’Connor, Edward Brown and Irvin each sank three-pointers for Stadium as the Tigers took a 30-16 lead into the locker room.
After a first half in which Lincoln missed a number of shots and looked a bit sloppy, the Abes looked much more focused in the second half. They used a full-court press at times that forced some Stadium turnovers. Sophomore guard Julien Simon made his presence felt in the paint. On one play he was fed the ball inside and made a layup. Soon after he went for a rebound, was fouled and made a free throw. The Stadium lead stood at 40-34 after three periods.
The home team crowd began to make some noise after senior forward Chris Whitford made a lay-in that cut the Stadium lead to 40-36. The Abes soon took the lead on a three-point shot by Archibald.
An O’Connor three-pointer put Stadium back on top 46-43. Lincoln responded with three-pointers by Archibald and Mykal Campbell. Lincoln led by one with under a minute left when Stadium shifted into a zone defense. Simon made a shot to put Lincoln up 53-50 with 16 seconds remaining. Stadium tied it with a three-pointer from Irvin with four seconds left. As Simon attempted a long three-pointer, he was fouled. He made one free throw to secure the thrilling victory.
Lincoln head coach Ryan Rogers said he told his players at halftime that they needed to get back to playing their style of basketball. “We were acting like we had never seen a zone before,” he said.
Irvin led all scorers with 20 points. Stadium teammates Edward Brown and Davion Gaines each contributed nine. Simon led Lincoln with 16 points, followed by Babbs with 11 and Archibald and Earnest Yearby with nine each. The victory put Lincoln’s record at 15-3 overall, 12-0 in league play. Stadium fell to 8-10 overall, 7-5 in league.