By John Goralski
The Wildcats edged past Bristol Community College for a two-point victory on Saturday, Dec. 7 to snap a three game losing streak—their longest of the early season. With one game remaining before the winter break, Lincoln College is in striking distance of the program’s 10th win.
The local team is 9-5 with one more chance to reach 10 wins, and that has fans wondering how good this team can be.
Last year, the Wildcats tied a program record with 12 wins, but they were only 4-6 at the semester break. Last season the Wildcats scored their second postseason bid in a row to set a program record, and at 9-5 it seems like that trend is already secure.
How good is Lincoln College? That will depend on the second half, but the team has already beaten a team that was ranked in the nation’s top 10. They’ve almost matched their best win total in program history, and they’re just warming up.
Loss in Rhode Island
On Monday, the Community College of Rhode Island cruised to a 10-point lead at the half and held on for an 87-74 victory to stretch Lincoln’s losing streak to three games, but all three losses came against teams in a higher division.
Of Lincoln’s five losses this season, four have come against NJCAA Division I and Division II programs.
Anthony Jernigan paced the Knights with 19 points and eight assistst. Kevin Marmolejos and Pat Marchand (11 rebounds) scored 17 points apiece, and Elijah Okagbare finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Robert Skinner was the fifth Rhode Island player in double digits with 10 points.
Kyre Jackson powered Lincoln with 17 points and eight rebounds, including a pair of three pointers. Dairyon Davis scored 13 points. Jalen David (11 points) and Kojo Lockhart (10 points, 7 rebounds) contributed.
The Wildcats only turned the ball over nine times but shot 39.1 percent from the floor and went 15-for-28 from the free throw line (.536).
Streak ends at Bristol
On Saturday, Lincoln rallied back from a 10 point deficit at the break to edge Bristol Community College in the final minutes.
Chris Austin and David led the comeback with 16 points apiece. Jackson finished with 12 points, and Lockhart scored 11 points with eight rebounds. The Wildcats shot just 20 percent from beyond the arc but forced 15 turnovers to get the win.
Fawaz Mass paced Bristol with a game-high 21 points. Anthony Parker added 18 points, and Shane DeRosa scored 11. But Lincoln out-rebounded the Bees, 35-28.
The Wildcats will wrap up the first semester at Springfield Technical Com-munity College (9-3) on Tuesday in their final game before the new year.