The last two times the Manitowoc Lincoln boys basketball team took the court, the Ships got out to a slow start en route to back-to-back early season losses.
Brian Gallagher’s Lincoln squad had enough of that, starting out hot and navigated the choppy waters at the end to pull out a 60-51 win over visiting Green Bay East on Friday.
For the Ships to to break the streak, they needed to get solid contributions from seniors Austin Mecca and Jake Rohrer. Senior night is a long ways off but they wouldn’t disappoint.
The duo combined for the teams first six points before fellow senior Patrick Johnson nailed a pair of 3’s to give Lincoln a 12-3 lead. The 3-ball was a point of contention for the Ships early on, which relies on shots from long distance to take pressure off Mecca and Rohrer inside.
The Red Devils rallied as the first quarter rolled on, trailing 13-11 after one before Johnson and Matthew Fischer made another set of 3’s for Lincoln to hold a 20-13 advantage.
It almost felt like Johnson was trying to single-handedly get his team out of a slump from beyond the arc, draining four 3’s in the first half alone. Johnson finished with a team-high 16 points while teammates Mecca (10), Rohrer (15) and Kyle Hoffman (12) joined him in double figures.
Every time it appeared Lincoln would pull away, East responded by trimming the Ships lead to 22-19. Sensing his team being in need, Hoffman nailed a pair of 3’s to help Lincoln pull ahead once again.
The raining of 3’s helped the Ships take a 30-21 lead into halftime, with six 3’s being knocked down by the hosts.
The second half started out in Lincoln’s favor, with the Ships holding serve with the Red Devils and held a 41-33 lead after the third quarter.
After not scoring since the first two baskets of the game, Rohrer came alive in the second half by scoring nine points while Mecca did his part hitting several free throws at the end.
It turned out to be an important win for Lincoln (3-3, 1-1 Fox River Classic Conference), which is hoping to regain steam and compete for an FRCC title despite the rough start to the season.
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Green Bay East
Deonte Carlton 4, Antonio Ford 15, Landon Renard 2, Isaiah Turner 21, Damarco Williams 9.
Matthew Fischer 4, Kyle Hoffman 12, Patrick Johnson 16, Austin Mecca 10, Jake Rohrer 15, Nick Schroeder 1, Preston Ullman 2.
3-Point Goals – Green Bay East 4 (Antonio Ford 3, Isaiah Turner 1), Lincoln 8 (Matthew Fischer 1, Kyle Hoffman 2, Patrick Johnson 5), Total Fouls – Green Bay East 18, Lincoln 15.