A strong third quarter gave the Lincolnwood boys basketball team the push they needed on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to avoid an upset against the Mt. Olive Wildcats with a 51-41 victory over the 14th seed at the Lincolnwood Regional in Raymond.
The Lancers led 12-7 near the end of the first quarter, getting five points from Shawn Goebel, but Mt. Olive hit a three at the buzzer to cut the margin to two points at the end of the first eight minutes.
After nearly holding the Wildcats to single digits in the opening frame, Lincolnwood did just that in the second quarter as they limited the visitors to seven points on two baskets and a pair of free throws. While the Lancers didn’t set the nets aflame in the second, their ten-point quarter was enough to give themselves a five point lead, 22-17, at halftime.
Trying to put some distance between themselves and the pesky Wildcats, the game turned into the Shawn Goebel show in the second half as the senior guard scored 18 of Lincolnwood’s 29 points in the final two quarters. Goebel would score nine points in the third quarter, with Sam Herman adding in six for a 15 point frame.
Defensively, Lincolnwood replicated their stinginess from the second quarter, again holding the Wildcats to two field goals and two free throws to make it 37-23 after three.
Trent Markezich would try his best to get Mt. Olive back within striking distance, scoring eight of his team-best 18 points in the fourth quarter, but Lincolnwood countered with nine points from Goebel to sew up the ten point win.
Goebel would finish the game with a season-best 27 points, going 6-for-9 from the free-throw line. Sam Herman and Jhadyn Walker would add in eight points apiece, followed by Will Jenkins and Cole Sidwell with three each and Evan Hopper with two. Markezich paced Mt. Olive with 18 points, followed by Adam Knowles with 11.
The win improved Lincolnwood’s record to 20-11 on the season and gave the Lancers their first 20-win season since 2016, the last time they made the regional championship game.
This is Lincolnwood’s 17th 20-win season in the program’s 59-year history.
While the Lancers avoided an upset on Tuesday, the other higher seed to play at the Lincolnwood Regional wasn’t as fortunate. Sixth seeded Greenfield-Northwestern was upset in the nightcap by 12th seeded Bunker Hill 54-42, earning the Minutemen a date with the Lancers at the Woodshed on Wednesday night.
February 25 at Raymond
Class 1A Lincolnwood Regional
Mt. Olive 10 7 6 18 41
Lincolnwood 12 10 15 14 51
Mt. Olive (41) - Trent Markezich 18, Adam Knowles 11, Blake Schehl 6, Josh Klotz 3, Caleb Butts 3. Totals: 14 8-12 41.
Lincolnwood (51) - Shawn Goebel 27, Jhadyn Walker 8, Sam Herman 8, Will Jenkins 3, Cole Sidwell 3, Evan Hopper 2. Totals: 20 8-14 51.
Three-point field goals: Mt. Olive 5 (Knowles 2, Markezich 1, Klotz 1, Butts 1); Lincolnwood 3 (Jenkins 1, Goebel 1, Sidwell 1).
Records: Mt. Olive (4-23); Lincolnwood (20-11).
Class 1A Boys Basketball
Monday, February 24
Game 1: #8 Carrollton 54, #9 Brussels 42
Tuesday, February 25
Game 2 - #4 Lincolnwood 51, #14 Mt. Olive 41
Game 3 - #12 Bunker Hill 54, #6 Greenfield-Northwestern 42
Wednesday, February 26
Game 4 - #1 Calhoun 54, #8 Carrollton 28
Game 5 - #4 Lincolnwood 58, #12 Bunker Hill 39
Friday, February 28
Game 6 at 7 p.m. - #1 Calhounvs. #4 Lincolnwood