Charity Tosses Put Lancers Ahead Of Bunker Hill

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Braden Whalen hit a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds of the Lincolnwood boys basketball team’s home game on Tuesday, Dec. 21, to put the Lancers ahead for good as they defeated Bunker Hill 37-36 for their fifth win of the season.

After beating Southwestern in overtime on Saturday, the Lancers had proven that they were able to win close games and Tuesday’s victory solidified that fact.

In a back and forth affair, Lincolnwood trailed 11-6 after eight minutes, but outscored Bunker Hill 16-9 in the second quarter to take a slim 22-20 halftime lead. The Lancers were down by one as time wound down in the half, but senior Will Jenkins hit his fourth three at the buzzer to put his team up by two.

Jenkins would hit two more threes in the third quarter, but those would be the only points of the frame for Lincolnwood. Bunker Hill was just as unlucky on the offensive end as they were held to five points, making it 28-25 going into the money quarter.

The Minutemen refused to go away and hit a three to take a 36-35 lead with less than 60 seconds to play. The Lancers would get the ball to half court after the inbound play, where Coach Matt Millburg would call a time out.

In the final seconds the ball would find its way in the Whalen’s hands and the Morrisonville junior was fouled and sent to the line.

With two free throws already under his belt in the quarter, the Lancer guard knocked down two more charity tosses to move Lincolnwood ahead by one.

That would be just enough to pick up the win as the Minutemen were unable to get the game winner in the final few seconds.

Whalen’s free throws gave him 10 for the game, extending his streak of games with double-digit point totals to nine. Jenkins scored 21 to reach double-digits for the eighth time. His seven threes were one off the school record of eight, held by Tyson Snyder, Allen Poggenpohl and Tate Snyder.

Only two other Lancers scored in the win, with Gabe Armentrout adding four and Brady Schmedeke chipping in two.

Bunker Hill only had four players in the scoring column, too, but three were in double figures. Keegan Ralston had 12, followed by Grant Burch with 11, Logan Santel with 10 and Jaydon Hausman with three.

With the victory, Lincolnwood improves to 5-7 on the season, which includes a forfeit win against Gillespie.

Next for the Lancers is a trip to the 71st edition of the Waverly Holiday Tourament, where they are the 11th seed. The Lancers will take on third seeded Jacksonville Routt in their opener at noon on Monday, Dec. 27, in a rematch of the season opener for the Lancers, which the Rockets won 63-32 in New Berlin.

Lincolnwood’s next game would be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28 if they win or noon if they lose, with Tuesday’s opponent either Carrollton or South County, who play Monday at 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 at Raymond

Bunker Hill 11 9 5 11 36

Lincolnwood 6 16 6 9 37

Bunker Hill (36) - Keegan Ralston 12, Grant Burch 11, Logan Santel 10, Jaydon Hausman 3. Totals: 14 2-5 36.

Lincolnwood (37) - Will Jenkins 21, Braden Whalen 10, Gabe Armentrout 4, Brady Schmedeke 2. Totals: 13 4-6 37.

Three-point field goals: Bunker Hill 6 (Burch 3, Santel 2, Hausman 1); Lincolnwood 7 (Jenkins 7).

Records: Lincolnwood (5-7), Bunker Hill (1-9).

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