The Wilson Rams knew the task at hand. The Rams feature a young but talented starting five, consisting of three freshman and two sophomores, that were charged with taking on the top-ranked 3A team in the state. The effort was great, but Wilson fell to the Lincoln Abes by a score of 83-72 at home on Wednesday night in a game that was closer than the final score indicated.
“They’ve got a couple of really good (Division 1 college) players, and it showed,” said Rams head coach Dave Alwert.
The Abes would go wire-to-wire with the lead, opening up a an early 13-point cushion at 28-15, and Rams fans wondered what was to come next. It was something Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton did not want to see. The Rams reeled off 12 consecutive points to trim the Abes’ lead to one, but they would get no closer.
“(Tre’Shaun Fletcher) was great, and we decided to attack Wilson inside with our height advantage,” Shelton said.
Fletcher would lead all scorers with 34 points, while Ahmaad Rorie would follow with 17 points and Ar’Mond Davis chipped in with 15 points for the Abes. Lincoln would take a 42-35 lead into the locker room at halftime, and Wilson could get no closer in the second half.
Alphonso Anderson would pace the Rams with 20 points, while Keun Thompson would chip in with 14 points and David Jenkins finished with 12 points.
“It was a really tough game tonight,” Anderson said. “Coach told us to keep attacking and working hard tonight as a team, and we gave them all they could handle.”
While coming away with the win tonight, there were some things that worried Lincoln.
“Coach was not really happy with our defensive effort tonight,” said Fletcher, who added that his 34 points was “his best game of the year tonight.”
Lincoln will host Shelton on Friday night at 7 p.m. while Wilson will travel to Foss to face the Falcons at 7 p.m.