TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – The rematch between district rivals Lincoln and Chiles was sure to be an intensely hard fought game.
Lincoln took the first game earlier in the season, but Chiles came into the game having won six of their last seven games.
Chiles played from behind the majority of the game, but were able to take a one-point lead with three minutes left. Lincoln senior guard Kyle Kincey responded with a three to regain control of the game and the Trojans went on to defeat the Timberwolves 61-52.
“I give Chiles credit,” said Lincoln coach Dimitric Salters. “They played really well tonight. They played with a lot more energy in the third quarter than I thought that we did, but we were able to make some adjustments and come back and win the ball game. That’s all that matters in the end, but we can play better.”
Lincoln (15-3, 4-0) maintained a lead the entire first half, but Chiles (13-11, 2-3) was able to keep the deficit within eight points. Junior guard Enrique Martinez opened up the scoring for the Timberwolves by driving to the bucket for a layup after a five-point deficit with six minutes remaining in the quarter.
With the Timberwolves biting at their feet, senior guard Kyle Kincey responded with success at the 3-point line while junior forward Dwight Wilson accumulated several layups to keep the Timberwolves at bay; finishing the half with their biggest lead of the night so far.
The second half was a different story.
The Timberwolves came out with more energy after some halftime adjustments. Chiles held the Trojans to a mere fourteen points in the third quarter while they managed to play catch-up by outscoring the Trojans in the quarter. Junior forward Kamari Brown stood up to the challenge by racking up two layups in less than a minute and a half.
As the Timberwolves continued to chip away at their continued deficit, they finally tasted success with 3 minutes left in the final quarter as they took a one point lead. Their taste of success was immediately diminished as Kincey responded with a 3-point shot to regain the lead and finally put the game away.
“I am really proud of my team,” Timberwolves coach John Langlois said. “We played really hard. The first time we played them, they spanked us pretty good and obviously we are right there at the wire with a couple minutes to go and we took the lead. I am really proud of how hard we played, but we have got to keep getting better on the boards. We face some more giants on Tuesday in Godby, but I thought we did well tonight on the boards for what we have.”
Both teams will now finish out their regular seasons with out of conference play with regular season district play out of the way.
Lincoln will turn around and face Jefferson County on Saturday, and Chiles will face the Godby Cougars on Tuesday.