Lincoln Beats Cole Camp During Fast Paced Contest

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
Whenever Lincoln and Cole Camp compete in any sport, there is always more to the story than just the final score. Having said that, Lincoln traveled to Cole Camp last Friday night and defeated the Bluebirds 54-45.
Now for the intrigue, the Lincoln Cardinals, because of their amazing run to the Class 1 state football championship game in Colombia  two week ago, are some 14 practices behind most teams that they play. Jackson Beaman, who lived at the free throw line in the finals minutes of the game going 6-8 and 8-10 for the game, thus sealing the Cardinal’s victory, commented,"Give us until the middle of January and we will be hard to handle." Beaman  ended with 14 points and the Cardinals are hard to handle right now.
Just ask Cole Camp’s Head Coach Dan Schnell "We have trouble with quick and fast teams and Lincoln is quick and fast. We missed shots tonight that we normally make."
Lincoln’s Nate Hesse, who had seven points said, " We played pretty well tonight and we are starting to come together."
As far as intrigue, consider Ruvim Gabuzov. The 6’6 junior. He has only been playing basketball for over a year ,while he had just two points, he bothered Lincoln on the inside all night long. He was born in State of California and his family moved to the Cole Camp area when he was just a young boy. Cole Camp’s Principal Brandon Harding spoke well of the towering junior, " He is a great kid and he comes from a really good family. He has only been playing basketball for a short time and should be much improved by the end of the year."
Lincoln jumped out to a 13-11 first quarter lead and led 24-16 at halftime. Kaden Harms, one of the Bluebirds usual top scorers, had just one bucket in the first half and one in the second with two free throws for six points. Lincoln’s defense kept him in check in the first half but in the second, he just couldn’t make a shot.
Ethan Ives, a 6’4 junior, kept Cole Camp in the game with 21 points. He was 9-10 from the free throw stripe. Ives commented after the game,"Lincoln was pretty good tonight. We may play them again later in the season."
It was 36-23 after three and Lincoln with their speed began to pull away. Every time Cole Camp made any kind of run, Lincoln's Bo Kroenke was somehow there to put out the fire. Kreonke had 12 points with two threes on the night. His driving layup in the fourth probably stopped the Bluebirds hopes of making a comeback.