By John Goralski
Wildcat shooters converted just two three pointers in the contest, so the 55-33 surge in the second half was a testament to their fundamental play.
Lincoln College New England picked right up where they started this week with a pair of lopsided victories to launch their second semester, but it was the second half rally in the second game that will linger in the memory of Wildcat fans.
Mass Bay Community College edged the Wildcats by two points in the first meeting, but on Saturday, Jan. 18, Lincoln evened the series with an 87-62 home win at Bristol Eastern.
“They were ranked No. 15 in the nation, and we were ranked 12th,” said Wildcat coach Preston Beverly about the regional match-up. “It was a really great game.”
Kyre Jackson paced the Wildcats with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 steals. Jalen David (5 steals) and Chris Austin (5 assists) scored 16 points apiece.
Kojo Lockhart and Dairyon Davis added nine points apiece, and Baboucarr Bah contributed eight off the bench. Eleven Wildcats contributed to the scoreboard as the locals turned a three point lead into a 87-62 victory.
With the win, Lincoln improved to 12-5 overall (10-3 in the conference), and Mass Bay fell to 12-4 (10-2). Beverly was pleased with the upset, but he hasn’t wavered from his ultimate goal.
“We’re not just trying to win games,” said the coach. “We’re trying to win tournaments.”
The victory came on the heels of another double-digit victory as the Wildcats opened their second semester with a 73-59 road win over Ulster County.
Bah scored 14 points and six rebounds off the bench to pace the Wildcat offense. Jackson finished with 10 points and 10 boards. Davis added nine points, and David scored eight. Austin and Lockhart added seven points apiece in the victory.
Lincoln led by nine at the half and cruised to a 14-point win.
Lincoln will continue their homestretch this week with a game against Springfield Tech CC on Tuesday. The Wildcats will return to Bristol Eastern on Saturday, Jan. 25 to face Bunker Hill CC.