Lincoln Wins Otterville Tournament

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
The third seeded Lincoln Cardinals jumped out to a 13-0 lead over top seeded Slater and held on to a  53-45 victory to win the championship of the Otterville tournament.
The Saturday afternoon contest was played before a packed house in the rather small Otterville gym. 
Slater, who came into the contest with only one loss on the season, couldn't buy a bucket early on. It was that run which pretty much decided matters as Slater could never really close the gap on the Cardinals.
Jackson Beaman had eight points in the first quarter as Lincoln led 19-9 after one. Lincoln led by ten in the second quarter and was up 34-26 at the half.
Slater was 18-59 from the field, a miserable 3-26 from three and 6-15 from the line. The inside play of 6'4 Latrell Johnson, who scored all eight of his points in the first half, kept Slater in the game.
Lincoln Head Coach Tyler Burke commended, " They are a good team with a lot of talent. We have been working hard on defense and we have defended well the last two games."
Lincoln ran the same set they had ran in the past few games to find a player open close to the basket. It is obvious that they now are coming together as a team after a slow start due to missing several practices because of the successful run of the football team.
However, they still face a problem with teams with a big man. Coach Burke added, "Any team with a big man, and they had two, will cause us trouble. Tanner Bays did a nice job, but got into foul trouble and we become much smaller in a hurry without him on the floor."
Jackson Beaman and Bo Kroenke each had 19 points to lead Lincoln to victory. Beaman also had nine rebounds