Lincoln got some key defensive stops late, and used a strong fourth quarter to top Jackson 62-55 tonight at the King Holiday Hoopfest at Bellevue College. The Abes handed the Timberwolves – who came in ranked No. 1 in 4A in the state – their first loss of the season.
Freshman point guard Londrell Hamilton – who scored a team-high 12 points for Lincoln – scored six points in the final two minutes, including a layup that gave the lead for good, at 56-55, with 1:55 remaining.
Lincoln shot out to a 20-10 lead in the first quarter, as Trevion Brown came off the bench to score six points to lead the way. But the Timberwolves Jason Todd – who finished with a game-high 22 points and 13 rebounds – scored 10 points in the second quarter, and his tip-in with five seconds until halftime tied it 27-27. Jackson kept the momentum throughout the third quarter, getting their largest lead of the game when Dan Kingma nailed a three-pointer to make it 40-32 with 1:36 left in the period. Lincoln charged back to tie it 42-42 on a three-pointer by Dionte Simon with 6:07 left in the game, setting up a frenetic finish that featured seven lead changes.
Brown finished with 10 points for the Abes, and Justice Martion and Cameron Collins finished with nine points apiece. Brian Zehr scored all 12 of his points in the second half for Jackson, while Kingma finished with 15 points for the Timberwolves.
LINCOLN: Londrell Hamilton 12, Trevion Brown 10, Cameron Collins 9, Justice Martion 9, Dionte Simon 8, Josiah Barsh 8, Jusstis Warren 4, Isaiah Smalls 2
JACKSON: Jason Todd 22, Dan Kingma 15, Brian Zehr 12, Marcus Blake 2, Connor Willgress 2, Sam Saufferer 2