Lincoln Beats Warsaw 61-60 On Last Second Shot

By: 
Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
In a game that had a little bit of everything, the Lincoln Cardinals prevailed over the Warsaw Wildcats 61-60 in the semi-finals of the 85th Annual Warsaw Boys Tournament.
It was perhaps one of the greatest games played at WHS in recent years.
Junior Guard Logan Davis missed the front end of an one and one leading 60 -59 and Lincoln Head Coach Tyler Burke called time out with just 10.7 second to play.
Taking the ball out on the side, Lincoln’s set play went astray, Derek Stephens picked up the loose ball and hit a breaking Jackson Beaman with a nice pass and the 5’10 sophomore guard put up a prayer under the basket and it  rolled in with one second left and the buzzer sounded and the Lincoln crowd went wild.
The lead changed hands some nine times in the first half and five points separated the teams only a couple of times in the entire contest.
It was 17-18, 34-30 and 41-45 at the breaks. As always, fans complained of bad calls but most knowledgable fans thought the calls evened out.
It was a kind of declaration for Warsaw’s Matt Luebbert , who put the Wildcats on his back with a 36 point performance. After games of 20, 35, 36 and 22, he has to be considered one of the best players in the area.
Also, point guard Logan Davis showed that he is someone to reckon with some unselfish passing, some outside sharpshooting and improved ball handling. He had 13 points and had 29 against El Dorado Springs.
Lincoln Derek Stephens was just a bull underneath. He had 24 points, was 6-7 from the line and had several blocks.
Beaman ended up with 15 points and handled the ball well.
The two teams meet again in a couple of weeks. Don’t miss it.
Warsaw- Luebbert 36, Logan 13, Glenn 3, Branson 2, Palmer 6
Lincoln- Stephens 24, Reese 8, Kroenke 7, Hesse 2, Eifert 5, Beaman 18.

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