A year ago, Tri-City pulled out an overtime win over Lincolnwood to snap a seven game win streak by the Lancers basketball team. On Tuesday, Buffalo-Dawson-Mechanicsburg consolidation beat the Lancers again, 44-41, but narrowly missed another extra-time thriller, this time on the Lancers’ home floor in Raymond.
The Tornadoes swept into the Woodshed in Raymond on Feb. 9 and held a 26-17 lead at the half, before Lincolnwood came back and nearly hit a game-tying three at the end of regulation.
Even during the comeback, Lincolnwood struggled from the field. After going 7-of-28 in the first half from the field, the Lancers shooting woes continued in the second half as they went 7-of-30 in the third and fourth quarter.
With Tri-City’s nine point halftime lead trimmed down to five points by the end of the third quarter, Lincolnwood tried to reel in the Tornadoes in the final frame.
Both teams scored in the first two minutes, making it 40-36, but the lid would go on the basket after that for both teams. Tri-City only hit one field goal in the fourth quarter, but got some free throws in the final seconds to salt the game away.
The Lancers got as close as one point, with Braden Whalen hitting a runner in the lane to make it 42-40 with 23 seconds to play, then Devin Brown hit the back-end of two free throw attempts to put Lincolnwood a point away with under seven seconds left.
After missing three straight free throws in Tri-City’s previous two trips down the court, Joseph Nibbe came up big for Coach Steve Dilley’s club by hitting two charity tosses and making it 44-41 with 4.2 seconds to play.
Dilley would call a timeout and Lincolnwood Coach Matt Millburg drew up one last play to try to send the game to overtime.
Devin Brown would inbound the ball and threw a perfect strike to Braden Whalen at the top of the key on the opposite end of the floor. Whalen then tossed the ball to Will Jenkins, who was sprinting down the sideline and popped a three, which was heavily contested by Tri-City defenders Matt Martin and Josh Carrigan.
The defensive pressure did enough to throw Jenkins off balance as the last second shot missed its mark, giving Tri-City the win and the MSM Conference traveling trophy.
Martin didn’t just come up big on the defense end for the Tornadoes as he scored a game-high 17 points in the win. Teammate Joseph Nibbe also contributed 14 points, hitting four of Tri-City’s seven threes, plus the two big free throws.
Jenkins led Lincolnwood with 12 points and two threes, but the Lancers were 3-of-19 from behind the arc after going 10-of-26 from three-point land on Saturday against Sangamon Valley.
Cole Sidwell added in ten points for the Lancers before fouling out, while Braden Whalen chipped in eight. Both players contributed heavily in the third quarter for Lincolnwood as they combined for half of the Lancers’ 16 points in the quarter.
Zake Guzman (five), Devin Brown (four) and Braxton Schmedeke (two) also scored for Lincolnwood, who moved to 1-1 on the season.
The Lancers finish out the week with a road trip to Nokomis at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, followed by a 4 p.m. tilt against Carlinville on Saturday, Feb. 13.
February 9 at Raymond
Tri-City 14 12 12 6 44
Lincolnwood 9 8 16 8 41
Tri-City (44) - Matt Martin 17, Joseph Nibbe 14, Logan Weekly 5, Josh Carrigan 4, Kyle Krouse 4. Totals: 14-36 9-19 44.
Lincolnwood (41) - Will Jenkins 12, Cole Sidwell 10, Braden Whalen 8, Zake Guzman 5, Devin Brown 4, Braxton Schmedeke 2. Totals: 14-58 10-16 41.
Three-point field goals: Tri-City 7 (Nibbe 4, Martin 3); Lincolnwood 3 (Jenkins 2, Guzman 1).
Records: Tri-City (1-2); Lincolnwood (1-1).
JV: Lincolnwood 53, Tri-City 39.