Patriots pummel falling Knights

Patriots pummel falling Knights

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Patriots pummel falling Knights

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The Lincoln Patriot boys built a lead with short but damaging rallies Friday night, then kept it with balanced scoring in a 75-48 win over O’Gorman at the Lincoln gym.

The Patriots, led by Nermin Krdzalic’s 24 points, moved to 2-0 by pressuring the Knights’ offense, defense and rebounders.

Much of the time a young O’Gorman squad handled it adequately, but when things got out of control, Lincoln took over the game in a hurry.

“We started pressuring them better in the second half,” said Lincoln senior guard Adam Jaros, who scored 15 points. “We got up under them a little bit on the defensive end and our offense works better when we’re coming off the defense running and gunning.”

The Patriots had four players in double figures – Krdzalic, Jaros, Addison Park (13) and Calvin Krause (11) – and hit 30 of 54 shots from the floor, with a 17 of 27 effort in the second half. Krdzalic added nine rebounds, six assists and six steals.

“I have a lot of really good basketball players that not a whole lot of people know about right now,” said Lincoln coach Jeff Halseth. “Their job was to begin making a name for the Lincoln Patriots tonight, and they’re definitely heading in that direction.”

O’Gorman sophomore Braxton Elliot hit a jumper at the buzzer to end the first half and opened the second half with a drive for a layup to narrow the Patriots’ lead to 35-29.

If there was a momentum swing to be had, that would have been where the Knights had to make it. Instead, the Patriots answered emphatically, reeling off 14 consecutive points in a span of a little more two minutes to push the margin to 50-29. Krdzalic had six points in that span and Jaros added five.

After Krause was handed a technical for hanging on the rim after a dunk attempt, the Knights closed the quarter with six consecutive points but trailed by 15 going into the fourth quarter.

“We’re still making too many mistakes,” said O’Gorman coach Derek Robey. “We have to get better at that. We have to keep it in perspective, though; we’re playing hard and making strides. Our perimeter game got a little bit better. When we are playing a team like Lincoln, we’re going to make some mistakes, but you just can’t string them together.”

One damaging stretch for O’G was the start of the fourth quarter, with Jaros scoring on three consecutive trips down the floor.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who can create and we have a lot of shooters,” the senior said. “We have a lot of threats to the basket. You can’t guard one guy, because there is always going to be someone else out there who can score.”

It was the second consecutive loss for the Knights (1-2), who lost four starters from last season’s state title team. Elliot led with 14 points and junior Connor Nagel hit 5 of 6 from the field and finished with 13.

O’GORMAN (1-2)

Kyle Scholten 2-10 2-3 6, Tyler Pals 3-7 3-4 9, Tommy Entwistely 0-2 0-0 0, Braxton Eilliot 5-9 2-3 14, Connor Nagel 5-6 2-2 13, Jackson Lund 0-1 0-0 0, Davis Cowen 1-4 0-0 3, Max Donohue 1-8 0-0 3, Spencer Hopkins 0-1 0-0 0, Ben Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals – 17-48 9-12 48

LINCOLN (2-0)

Caleb Rector 2-4 0-0 4, Calvin Krause 5-7 1-2 11, Addison Park 5-8 2-4 13, Nermin Krdzalic 8-17 5-6 24, Adam Jaros 6-9 1-2 15, Zac Campbell 0-2 0-0 0, Luke Meyers 0-1 0-0 0, Sean Ladd 2-4 0-2 4, Vince Walker 2-2 0-0 4, Zach Saltmarsh 0-0 0-0 0. Totals – 30-54 9-16 75.

O’Gorman 11 16 9 12 – 48

Lincoln 16 19 15 25 – 75

3-pointers – OG 5-12 (Scholten 0-2, Elliot 2-3, Nagel 1-1, Lund 0-1, Cowen 1-1, Donohue 1-4), L 6-13 (Rector 0-1, Krause 0-1, Park 1-1, Krdzalic 3-6, Jaros 2-4). Rebounds – OG 24 (Johnson 4), L 36 (Krdzalic 9). Fouls – OG 16, L 17. Assists – OG 6, L 18 (Krdzalic 6). Turnovers -OG 18, L 13. Steals – OG 8 (Elliot 3), L 14 (Krdzalic 6).

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