TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – Four quarters were not enough to decide the outcome of the 7A District Championship where the Lincoln Trojans went on to beat the Leon Lions 68-62.
Leon (18-8, 1-3), although officially the away team, hosted Lincoln (17-5, 4-0) and fought hard, but in the end could not keep up.
“First of all, let me just give coach Ricky Davis and the Leon Lions a lot of credit,” said Lincoln head coach Dimitric Salters. “They came in and they stood toe to toe with us tonight. They refused to lie down and lose…It’s really tough to beat a team three times, especially in their gym, regardless of who’s the favorite.”
Lincoln led for a majority of the first half but the Leon came roaring back. They closed the gap by going on a 7-2 run in the final minute of the third quarter to cut the lead down to four. Leon shot over 50% from the field and 100% from the line in the third quarter.
“We started adding more pressure,” said Leon coach Rick Davis. “We were able to get some extra steals so we could get out on the break. We changed the tempo of the game. We tried to run a little more in the second half…we were able to get some easy baskets, some steals, and hit a couple of threes and get to the free throw line. That kind of changed the pace of the game.”
Both teams put up high scoring numbers in the fourth quarter but Leon would not go away and forced overtime.
Even though the game got close for coach Salters, he liked his odds in overtime.
“That’s what we want,” said Salters. “To get a stop. We felt like we were the fresher team. We felt like if we got another chance in overtime it would be our ball game.”
Kyle Kincey led the Trojans in scoring putting up 20 points in the game. He had four of the team’s eight points in overtime, which helped cement their victory. Coach Salters liked his composure.
“I have one of the better players in the state of Florida in Kyle Kincey. Kincey came up with a big stop. He keeps us poised.”
Dwight Wilson also had a good game for the Trojans, scoring 14 points.
“Even though we slowed them down, they shoot the ball, they get those rebounds, and that big guy [Wilson] was just tough to stop,” said Leon coach Rick Davis. “Everything they shoot up, nine times out of ten he’s going to get the rebound, and he’s going to put it back up. We just couldn’t stop him tonight.”
Coach Davis liked his team’s effort, and will not be forgetting about the Trojans anytime soon.
“We’re going to meet again. We going to go out, win this game, and we’re going to come back. It’s going to be another showdown.