Last year was a rough one for the Lincolnwood boys basketball team at the Waverly Holiday Tournament, but the 69th edition of the storied tourney was a little kinder to the Lancers in 2019.
After going 0-2 and losing by 32 and 19 last year, the Lancers were a respectable 1-2 at Waverly, before bowing out to last year’s champion, Triopia, in the consolation semifinal.
Twelfth seeded Lincolnwood opened up the tournament on Thursday, Dec. 26, against fourth seeded New Berlin, a team that had beaten them by 30 at the Pretzels’ home Thanksgiving Tournament exactly a month before.
New Berlin held a 15-9 lead after the first quarter, in part due to a pair of threes by Christian Knox, but Lincolnwood wouldn’t let the Pretzels build on that lead to start the second quarter. Back-to-back threes by Will Jenkins and Evan Hopper would tie the game at 15-15 with 5:51 to play, but New Berlin would outscore the Lancers 10-2 the rest of the way out, with a pair of Shawn Goebel free throws the only points for Lincolnwood.
The points volleyed back and forth in the third quarter, with Lincolnwood coming as close as seven on another three by Jenkins, before the Pretzels settled for the nine point lead going into the final frame.
In the fourth, Goebel would make some things happen, scoring four points to start the quarter on either side of a three by New Berlin’s Zach Brewer as the Lancers trailed 36-28 with 5:41 to play.
The Pretzels would get the next two baskets from senior Jack Buerkett though, increasing their lead to 12 and allowing them to slow the pace to a crawl. With 3:21 left to play in the game, Coach Blake Lucas had his team go into a stall offense, which forced the Lancers to foul in an attempt to get the ball back.
The plan worked as New Berlin had only one field goal in the final four minutes, but went 9-of-13 from the free-throw line to solidify their win.
Shawn Goebel, who had eight points in the Lancers’ comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, would score 14 to match Brewer for the game-high. Will Jenkins would add eight, followed by Evan Hopper and Sam Herman with five each and Jhadyn Walker with three.
Lincolnwood vs. Edinburg
The Lancers’ consolation bout brought forth another familiar face, conference foe Edinburg, who lost to eighth seeded South County 69-34 in the final game of day one. Lincolnwood would put together a stellar defensive effort, holding the 16th seed to single digits in three quarters for a 58-27 victory.
The Lancers held the Wildcats to just two points in the first eight minutes as Joey Patterson had the only basket for Edinburg. Offensively, Lincolnwood was just as good as they fed Sam Herman, with the senior forward netting six points to give his team a 15-2 first quarter advantage.
Herman would have six more in the second quarter, which helped boost the Lincolnwood lead to 16 when coupled with five from Shawn Goebel and four from Braden Whalen. Edinburg would keep pace with 14 points, but that total would end up being more than half of their total points for the game as Lincolnwood held the Wildcats to five points in the third and six points in the fourth, four of which came from the free-throw line.
As the defense stepped up, so did the offense, outscoring Edinburg by nine in the third and six in the fourth for a comfortable 31-point victory. Ten different players would score for Lincolnwood, led by Sam Herman with 14 and Shawn Goebel with ten. Braden Whalen and Dalton Thomas would have six each, followed by Braxton Schmedeke and Cole Sidwell with five apiece, Will Jenkins with four, Evan Hopper and Colton Tischkau with three and Devin Brown with two.
Lincolnwood vs. Triopia
The Lancers’ final game of the tournament came against tenth seeded Triopia, who had defeated Pawnee 56-42 after falling to Auburn 63-50 in Thursday’s opening round. Coach Matt Millburg’s club would lead early, but defensive stands by Triopia in the middle two quarters would end Lincolnwood’s run with a 44-36 loss to the Trojans.
The Lancers would be hitting from deep in the early going as they got threes from Shawn Goebel (two), Will Jenkins and Cole Sidwell to make it a 13-9 game in Lincolnwood’s favor after one.
The wheels would fall off offensively for the Lancers in the middle two frames though, as Triopia would hold the Lancers to just two field goals and seven points in the second and third quarter combined. Sidwell would hit his second three of the game for Lincolnwood’s only points of the second quarter, but the Lancers only trailed by one going into the second half.
The offensive woes would follow them into the third quarter though, with the Trojans outscoring Lincolnwood 11-4 to take a 28-20 lead into the fourth. The Lancers would try to come back, getting threes from Jenkins (two) and Braxton Schmedeke, plus six points from Shawn Goebel, but Triopia would hit 10-of-15 free throws to stay out in front and collect the eight point win.
Goebel would finish with 13 to lead the Lancers, while Jenkins added nine. Cole Sidwell (six), Sam Herman (five) and Braxton Schmedeke (three) would be the only other Lincolnwood players to score.
The results at Waverly leave the Lancers with a mark of 6-7 going into the second half of the season. Lincolnwood won’t play again until Saturday, Jan. 4, when they host Gillespie at 1 p.m. at the Woodshed in Raymond. The game was originally set for Dec. 17, but was snowed out.
December 26 at Waverly
Waverly Holiday Tournament
Lincolnwood 9 8 7 11 35
New Berlin 15 10 8 17 50
Lincolnwood (35) - Shawn Goebel 14, Will Jenkins 8, Evan Hopper 5, Sam Herman 5, Jhadyn Walker 3. Totals: 14 3-5 35.
New Berlin (50) - Zach Brewer 14, Matt Diamond 9, Hayden Cox 7, Christian Knox 7, Dain Richie 4, Jack Buerkett 4, Gavin Molloy 3, Kevin Howell 2. Totals: 16 12-17 50.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 4 (Jenkins 2, Hopper 1, Herman 1); New Berlin 6 (Knox 2, Brewwer 2, Diamond 1, Molloy 1).
December 27 at Waverly
Waverly Holiday Tournament
Lincolnwood 15 17 14 12 58
Edinburg 2 14 5 6 27
Lincolnwood (58) - Sam Herman 14, Shawn Goebel 10, Braden Whalen 6, Dalton Thomas 6, Braxton Schmedeke 5, Cole Sidwell 5, Will Jenkins 4, Evan Hopper 3, Colton Tischkau 3, Devin Brown 2. Totals: 25 5-11 58.
Edinburg (27) - Will Lefever 11, Colin Hardin 5, Hayden Prince 4, Joey Patterson 4, Mitchell Bloome 3. Totals: 10 6-12 27.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 3 (Schmedeke 1, Goebel 1, Sidwell 1); Edinburg 1 (Bloome 1).
December 28 at Waverly
Waverly Holiday Tournament
Lincolnwood 13 3 4 16 36
Triopia 9 8 11 14 44
Lincolnwood (36) - Shawn Goebel 13, Will Jenkins 9, Cole Sidwell 6, Sam Herman 5, Braxton Schmedeke 3. Totals: 11 6-12 36.
Triopia (44) - Cordell Walker 12, Garrett Bell 11, Caden Moore 9, Broc Moore 8, Owen Bell 4. Totals: 12 19-24 44.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 8 (Jenkins 3, Goebel 2, Sidwell 2, Schmedeke 1); Triopia 1 (Moore 1).
Record: Lincolnwood (6-7).