Lincoln`s Jay Collins shoots over the Winterboro defense. (Daily Home)
ALPINE- It was a tale of two halves for the Lincoln Golden Bears basketball team on Saturday against Winterboro. In the first half Winterboro scored at will, but halftime adjustments by Lincoln proved to be the difference in their 49-37 victory.
“I think we figured out as coaches that ( Winterboro) best offense may have been our press,” Lincoln head coach Cary Moorer said. “I think we were tired, so we had to back off of that a little bit and settle down. I think those two things helped us win the game.”
The Golden Bears capped off their opening week of the season with a 2-2.
“We kind of went into a grind,” Moorer said. “We didn’t have all of the practices that we wanted too. We were in the playoffs in football and it has been a grind. We played Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and ( Saturday). I feel fortunate to be able to put some things together and see us come together as a team and learn how to play hard.”
The first half belonged to Winterboro’s Nic Leonard. The junior shooting guard put on a shooting clinic in the first quarter as he drained three shots from behind the arc to help Winterboro take a 15- 9 at the end of the first quarter.
Leonard capped off a 7- 3 with a three pointer to start to second quarter to increase the Winterboro lead to 10 points 22- 12. Josh Taylor’s three- point play gave Winterboro a 2512 lead. Lincoln closed out the first half with 8- 4 run to cut the lead down to 29-20.
Lincoln outscored Winterboro 15- 5 in the third quarter. Sharrod Cochran gave Lincoln their first lead of the game with deep three pointer from the right wing to make it 35-34.
“I think we still need to get some more games up under our belt so we can get basketball ready,” Winterboro head coach Sheroderick Smith said.
“Tonight was the worst second half that we have had in our three games. I still see some good things. Our guys did some things that I don’t preach so we are going to have a meeting about that as soon as we get back to practice.”
Cedric Thomas put Lincoln ahead by five points 39-34 with back to back put backs. Jay Collins lay up in transition increased the Lincoln lead to 10 points.
Leonard led all scorers with 20 points.
Winterboro takes on Sylacauga on Saturday at 7: 30 p. m.
Lincoln takes on B. B. Comer on Tuesday at 7: 30 p. m.
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