Knob Noster Beats Lincoln For First Place In Tourney

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The second seeded Knob Noster Panthers defeated the fourth seeded Lincoln Cardinals 61-51 to claim the championship of the 85th Warsaw Tournament.
Knob jumped out to 15-11 lead and led 26-25 at the half. Lincoln lead 23-21 with seconds to go but Knob hit two free throws for the half time advantage.
Lincoln came out firing in the second half and with ten unanswered points lead 36-26 behind a couple of threes from Bo Kroenke,   Knob called a time out and the Lincoln bench went crazy.  Head Coach Tyler Burke stepped out on the court and congratulated his team.
 However, Knob would put things together and take back the lead at 43-40 after three. Jackson Beaman, just 5’10, had an incredible block and take away right before the quarter ended under Knob’s basket.
In the fourth, Nate Hesse would foul out  in the last minute but matters were pretty much in hand with a 11 point lead at 60-49.
Beaman had 20 to lead the Cardinals while Caden Mitchell also had 20 for Knob Noster. Derek Stephens had 11 and was held in check by Knob’s 6’6 center Matt Barton, who had six points.
Knob wasn’t an impressive team but controlled the boards and the tempo  in all three games and just apparently knew how to win.