North Mac kept the Lincolnwood boys basketball team from picking up their fourth straight win on Tuesday, Feb. 11, with a 59-48 victory in Girard.
The host Panthers started out strong on their home floor, racking up a 13-6 lead behind six points from Grant Thoroman and threes from Tanner Wilson and Evan Langellier.
The Lancers would get all of those points back in the second quarter though, as they outscored the Panthers 20-13 to tie the game at 26 at halftime.
The second quarter surge came courtesy of six points from Shawn Goebel and five from Sam Herman, with Jhadyn Walker also contributing four points in the rally.
It would be one step forward and one step back for the Lancers however, as they were again held to six points in the third period, allowing North Mac to build up an eight point lead, 40-32.
Lincolnwood tried to mount another comeback in the fourth quarter, getting eight points from Sam Herman, who finished with a season-best 19 points, but the Panthers would hit 9-of-13 free throws in the fourth quarter to hold onto their lead.
Free throws would be one of the differences in the game as North Mac was 13-of-18 from the line, while Lincolnwood was an efficient, but lesser, 6-of-8. Threes also played a factor as North Mac had just one more field goal (21 to 20), but had two more three-pointers.
In addition to Herman’s season-best, Lincolnwood also got 12 from Shawn Goebel, six from Jhadyn Walker, three each from Evan Hopper and Cole Sidwell and two from Braxton Schmedeke.
The Lancers will face another tough test on Valentine’s Day as they take on Calvary Academy in Springfield on Feb. 14.
February 11 at Girard
Lincolnwood 6 20 6 16 48
North Mac 13 13 14 19 59
Lincolnwood (48) - Sam Herman 19, Shawn Goebel 12, Jhadyn Walker 6, Will Jenkins 3, Evan Hopper 3, Cole Sidwell 3, Braxton Schmedeke 2. Totals: 20 6-8 48.
North Mac (59) - Grant Thoroman 15, Will Downs 12, Tanner Wilson 12, Kannon Kirk 8, Evan Lagellier 7, Matthew Hendricks 5. Totals: 21 13-18 59.
Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 2 (Jenkins 1, Sidwell 1); North Mac 4 (Wilson 2, Kirk 1, Langellier 1).
Records: Lincolnwood (17-10); North Mac (17-9).