Warsaw Boys Revenge Loss To Lincoln Cardinals

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
In a much anticipated rematch of long time Benton County rivals, the Warsaw Wildcats defeated the Lincoln Cardinals 66-61 in boys basketball action on  Monday night, January 23.
Back in November, Lincoln had squeezed out a 61-60 victory over Warsaw in the semi-final matchup of the Warsaw tournament on a last second flip shot underneath the basket by Jackson Beaman as time ran out.
Beaman, who didn’t start and didn’t come into the game until 1:30 to go in the first quarter, with the score 7-5, would go 16-21 at the free throw line, 11-14 in the fourth, for his game high 27 points. Beaman didn’t score in the first quarter of play.
Lincoln would jump out to 7-0 lead before Warsaw would run off nine straight for a 9-7 first quarter margin.
The lead would change twice before Warsaw would settle for a 23-21 halftime lead.
Matt Luebbert would guard Derek Stephens for most of the game in the hotly contested battle on the Lincoln home floor. Stephens was held to 12 points before fouling out late in the fourth. Luebbert also fouled out in the closing moments and had 21 points with going 7-8 from the line in fourth quarter.
After trailing 26-40 after three, Lincoln fell behind 54-42 and it looked like Warsaw had the game in hand at the 4:23 mark. However, Lincoln would have none of that as they surged back but fouled late thus putting Luebbert and Cole Branson on the free throw line. Branson would go 6-7 and with ten points and was a major factor in the second half for the victory.
Keegan Glenn, the defensive specialist, would toss in twelve points and hold Grant Eifert to  seven points, which may been the underlining story to the game. Eifert, who is usually deadly from three only had the futile three to end the game.
Trey Palmer, the little freshmen guard, once again stepped up and had four threes and probably broke Lincoln’s back with one late in the contest.
Logan Davis, who had to come out of the game at one point with blood on his arm, had just five points. Davis would also foul out in the fourth as did Nate Hesse and Bo Kroenke for Lincoln However, Glenn and Branson took up the slack for Warsaw.
Warsaw Head Coach Scott Floyd would later comment,” We played well defensively.”
Lincoln missed several chip shots and couldn’t connect consistently from the outside. They have now lost three in a row. Warsaw moved to 11-7 on the season.