Lincoln Boys beat Rockcastle in area – Reuters Sports News


SOMERSET — It was quite the battle the Lincoln County boys expected, and they were up for the challenge.

The Patriots were primed for a physical game Wednesday night in the first round of the 12th Region tournament, and that’s exactly what they got.

They took Rockcastle County’s best shots and landed their own shots as they stayed ahead throughout the second half of a 72-57 win over Pulaski County.

“We knew it was going to be a physical match, and it was,” Jackson said.

Physicality isn’t Lincoln’s forte, but Jackson said the Patriots are better prepared for a game like this than they would have been earlier in the season.

“We’ve lifted a bit more during the year than we usually have in the past, and we’ve played a really good schedule, and the teams we’ve played have been very physical and very tough, and I hopefully that’s kind of prepared us for (this),” Jackson said.

Lincoln (27-7) fought his way to the regional semifinals for the second straight season and the third time in four years. The Patriots will face McCreary Central at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The victory allowed the Patriots, who have won 10 of their last 11 games, to tie the school’s single-season winning record. They tied the 1980 and 2008 teams, both of which won regional titles.

It looked like it might be an easy win after Lincoln took a 17-2 lead in the opening 4:08, but it was anything but easy.

Rockcastle (20-12) recovered and battled to a lead midway through the second quarter and stayed within screaming distance of the Patriots until the final two minutes.

“Our kids did some things we needed when we needed them and made plays and got saves, and I’m really proud of them. But there are some things we need to clean up by Monday night,” Jackson said.

Four Lincoln starters scored in double figures in each of its two district tournament wins last week, and all five starters did so on Wednesday. Tramane Alcorn led the way with 23 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and Colton Ralston added 18 points.

The Patriots scored 10 points in the paint, including four each by Alcorn and Jaxon Smith, as they outscored Rockcastle 10-5 over a span of about five minutes to take a 51-41 lead with 5:37 remaining. .

“We spread it out a bit and did some things in our…offense and were able to get to the rim and score,” Jackson said. “We have to do a better job making lay-ups, and we have to do a better job making free throws as well. But we were able to make a play when we needed it, and we also got a stoppage or two at the end when we needed it too.

The Patriots went 8 for 14 from the free throw line in the 2:18 final, but still outscored the Rockets 12-4, holding them to one field goal.

Lincoln also often hit the basket on his first run, getting three layups from Alcorn and one from Evan Smith as well as two 3-pointers from Colton Ralston and one from Jackson Sims.

Rockcastle outscored the Patriots 21-5 over the next 6 1/2 minutes, taking a 23-22 lead over a Skyler Durham 3 with 4:58 left in the second quarter.

The lead changed hands three more times, the last when an Alcorn layup gave Lincoln a 26-25 advantage with 99 seconds left in the first half.

Jaxon Smith scored 11 points and Sims and Evan Smith had 10 apiece for Lincoln, who shot 55% from the field. The Sims had a team-high eight rebounds.

Jake Sanders had 19 points and Matthew Chasteen had nine rebounds for Rockcastle, which lost in the first round for the second straight year.

Lincoln’s next opponent, McCreary, outlasted Mercer County 53-50 in double overtime for their first regional victory since 2009. This McCreary side beat Lincoln 47-44 in the semifinals before falling in the title game .

This year’s Raiders repeated as 48th District champions and won seven straight games. They are led by junior guard Kyle Stephens, who entered the area averaging 20.0 points per game.

“They’re very good, very well coached and they’ve got a great player in Stephens,” Jackson said. “We’ll just have to…watch a movie and prepare for them and come up with a game plan until then. They had a lot of people tonight, and it should be a good atmosphere here on Monday night.

Boys’ 12th Region Tournament
In Pulaski County
First round
Rockcastle County 13 25 38 57
Lincoln County 23 28 45 72

ROCK CASTLE (20-12) – Drew Hopkins 10, Daniel Mullins 21, Reese Coguer 2, Matthew Chasteen 7, Jake Sanders 19, Skyler Durham 6, Broedy Dunaway 7.
LINCOLN (27-7) — Tramane Alcorn 23, Jackson Sims 10, Jaxon Smith 11, Evan Smith 10, Colton Ralston 18.


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