Lincoln Upsets Cole Camp

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
While most don’t like the term upset, even Lincoln fans admitted that they were the underdogs going into Friday’s matchup with Cole Camp. Not only did Lincoln win 68-57 in a game in which they led all of the way except for the early minutes, Lincoln’s Bo Kroenke scored his 1000th point on a three point jumper from the top of the key .Lincoln would call time out and Lincoln’s A.D Adam Curtis would announce to the fans what had just happened.
 Kroenke commented later, “ They told me awhile ago that I needed 80 points but I had no idea how close I was.”
On this night, in which he had 25 points, it was his defense that helped change the course of the game. Kaden Harms was held scoreless in the first half. Kroenke said,” He (Harms) is the best player that I have guarded all season.”
Harms would score 13 points in the second half but the Bluebirds couldn’t catch up.
Head Coach Kevin Shearer commented, “Lincoln played great and they shot the ball really well.”
Lincoln head coach Tyler Burke said, "We threw some junk defenses at them early. Both teams had a mismatch underneath. They had the size and we had the speed. Nate Hesse played really well. They struggled early.”
Hesse had 23 points and had probably the game of his career. It was a great way for the seniors, Kroenke, Hesse and  Parker Engels to go out on their home court.
It was 18-11 after one and 27-17 at the half. There was only three fouls committed in the first quarter but things would pick up in the second half as Harms, Ethan Ives and Garrett Strathman would foul out for Cole Camp.
It was 48-35 after three. Cole Camp would cut the lead to seven at 64-57 in the last minute but time would run out as Cole Camp in desperation took some long range jumpers that missed their mark.
The victory tied both teams for the conference lead with just one loss. Lincoln would have to play Otterville on Friday to gain a share of the title having played one less game that was snowed out earlier in the season
Cole Camp fell to 20-5.
LINCOLN (68): Kroenke 25, Hesse 23, Lynde 5, Eckhoff 5, Parrott 6, Smallwood 4
COLE CAMP (57): Harms 13, Oelrich 3, Baalman 13,Strathman 9, Ives 8, Cano 2, Garbuzov 9.