CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. – Seton Catholic had never won on Lincoln’s court.
The Cardinals cleared that hurdle Saturday afternoon.
Billie Webster made his first five shots from the field, Desmond Bane finished with 20 points and Cliff Dickman swished five 3-pointers as Seton stopped Lincoln 62-54 in boys basketball.
A 6-0 Seton spurt to start the fourth quarter turned a three-point advantage into a 51-42 lead for the Cardinals. Lincoln cut the deficit back to three after back-to-back 3-pointers by Jacob Kissick, but got no closer.
Seton responded with eight straight points, capped by a Webster free throw with 1:17 remaining. He finished with 17 points, while Dickman added 15.
“We’re starting to become a team. You can see it more and more. It’s just team efforts all the time,” said Seton coach Josh Jurgens, whose squad has won three straight and six of its last seven. “We don’t win that game without Cliff’s threes. We don’t win that game without Billie starting hot. We don’t win that game without Des’ 20. It was a great team effort.”
Webster had 14 points in the first half on 5-of-6 shooting from the field.
Lincoln, though, kept pace. Ben Singer scored 18 of his game-high 23 in the first half as both teams went into halftime tied at 34.
“I think the difference in the game was their ability to get to the rim,” said Lincoln coach Rodney Klein. “I thought Desmond did a really good job of getting to the rim early, and often, and late in the game, too.
“There were about four or five 50-50 balls that went against us, and they didn’t go our way. A tipped rebound comes out, Dickman hits a three. A ball goes out of bounds, it goes off our kid’s leg. Just things like that.”
Bane powered his way to the basket on three straight possessions for Seton to start the third quarter. The junior, the state’s fourth-leading scorer heading into Saturday, also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while Webster had five.
Bane is four points away from 1,000 for his career.
Singer finished with a game-high eight rebounds. Trevor Gabbard scored 12 points for Lincoln on four 3-pointers, with Kissick and Garrett Pumphrey both scoring six.
“Give Seton credit. They are a good basketball team,” Klein said. “When Desmond can dribble drive like that and find the shooters on the wing, and those guys can bury those shots, they are going to be tough to beat.
“I thought we did a great job and we put ourselves in a position to win. We just didn’t capitalize at the end.”
Seton was 0-for-2 in past trips to Cambridge City, including a tight a 56-52 loss there in 2012.
“This is a tough Lincoln team. To come in here and win here is tough,” Jurgens said. “Ben Singer is the best shooter we’ve played against.”
Lincoln (8-11) plays host next Saturday to Oldenburg Academy.
Seton (12-6) is at home Tuesday against Tri High, a possible sectional opponent for the Cardinals.
“The kids’ confidence is high,” Jurgens said. “Hopefully we can keep it that way. We have four more to go and hopefully we can keep this roll going into the tournament.”
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CARDINALS 62, GOLDEN EAGLES 54
SETON CATHOLIC (12-6)– Webster 6 2-3 17, Bane 8 4-6 20, Pipenger 1 1-4 4, Dickman 5 0-0 15, J.Rogers 1 3-5 6, Westjohn 0 0-0 0. TOTALS– 21 10-18 62.
LINCOLN (8-11)-Gabbard 4 0-0 12, Bertsch 0 0-0 0, Kissick 2 0-0 6, Singer 9 4-4 23, Southerland 0 0-0 0, Ferris 2 0-0 5, Underwood 0 2-2 2, Pumphrey 3 0-0 6. TOTALS-20 6-6 54.
Seton Catholic 22 34 45 62
Lincoln 16 34 42 54
3-pointers– SC 10 (Dickman 5, Webster 3, J.Rogers, Pipenger), LIN 8 (Gabbard 4, Kissick 2, Singer, Ferris). Rebounds-SC 23 (Bane 7), LIN 26 (Singer 8). Turnovers-SC 8, LIN 12. Fouls-SC 12, LIN 16. Fouled out-Gabbard. JV-Lincoln won.