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Lincoln Wins Elizabethtown Blue Jay Classic with 68-63 Comeback Win over Richard Stockton; Etown Edges King’s 84-83 on Greg Adams Buzzer-Beater
ELIZABETHTOWN , Pa. --- The final day of the Elizabethtown College L.B. Smith Ford Blue Jay Classic tournament was again dominated by close games, as Elizabethtown (1-1) edged King’s (0-2) 84-83 in the consolation game, and as Lincoln (2-0) came back from a deep deficit late in the game to defeat Richard Stockton (1-1) by a 68-63 score in the championship game. The five point margin of victory in the championship game was the widest in the tournament’s four total games.
Named to the All-Tournament team were Kris Polk (Camden, NJ/Woodrow Wilson) and Tobias Smith (Newark, NJ/Bloomfield Tech) of Richard Stockton, Greg Adams (Lebanon, PA/Lebanon) of Elizabethtown, Vince Scalzo (Shickshinny, PA/Northwest Area) of King’s, and Sami Wylie (Philadelphia, PA/Southern) and Kyle Myrick (Philadelphia, PA/Overbrook) of Lincoln. Myrick was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
In the consolation game, Elizabethtown stormed out to a 28-9 lead in the first 12 minutes and held a 47-35 advantage by halftime. King’s rallied over the course of the second half and tied the game for the first time with 5:37 left at 72-72. King’s got its first lead of the game with 5:02 left in the second half when Scalzo hit a three-pointer to send the Monarchs ahead 75-74. With 18 seconds left in the game, King’s was up 82-81 when Scalzo was fouled. He made the first free throw to put King’s ahead 83-81, but missed the second, which was rebounded by Etown’s Brad Schreiber (Mechanicsburg, PA/East Pennsboro). Etown brought the ball up court, but could not get a shot off until, at the buzzer, Adamsheaved an off-balance three-point attempt. The shot bounced off the rim and straight up into the air as time expired, and then fell straight down through the hoop for three points, giving the Blue Jays an 84-83 victory.
Brian Schreiber (Mechanicsburg, PA/East Pennsboro) paced Etown in scoring in that game with 19 points, and he had six rebounds. Brad Schreiber led Etown in rebounds with eight, and he had 14 points. Greg Brizek (Sinking Spring, PA/Conrad Weiser) added 15 points for Etown, and Chad Piersol (Elverson, PA/Owen J. Roberts) scored 14 points and led Etown in assists with seven. Michael Schatzmann (Paradise, PA/Pequea Valley) added 11 points and led the Blue Jays in steals with three from off the bench. Adamsfinished the game with six assists and five points.
Scalzo led King’s in scoring with 35 points, and he shot 10-for-11 from the field and 15-for-19 from the free throw line. Jamie Cousart (Holland, PA/Holy Ghost Prep) was King’s top rebounder with eight, and he added 10 points and led the team in assists with nine. Thomas Moore (West Stockbridge, MA/St. Joseph Central) scored 17 points for kings.
In the championship game, Stockton held a 30-29 edge over Lincoln at halftime. By the time 9:02 was left in the game, Richard Stockton held a commanding 59-40 lead. The next basket was scored by Lincoln with 6:33 left in the game to cut the gap to 59-42, and from there Lincoln continued to chip away. By 4:36, Lincoln had cut the gap to 61-51. By 1:13 left, Lincoln had narrowed Stockton’s lead to one point, 63-62. Lincoln went ahead 64-63 on a Myrick jumper with 25 seconds left in the game, and a pair of Wylie free throws with nine seconds remaining sent Lincoln ahead 66-63. Two Myrick free throws with four seconds left sealed the win.
Myrick led Lincoln in scoring with 26 points, in assists with five, and in steals with seven. Darryl White (Philadelphia, PA/Frankford) led Lincoln in rebounds with 10, and he had 12 points. Wylie added 11 points, and Thomas Lahart (Philadelphia, PA/Millbrook, NC) added 10 points for Lincoln.
Miguel Rodriguez (Passaic, NJ/Passaic) led Stockton in rebounds with 15 and tied for the team lead in scoring with 12. Smith also had 12 points and had six rebounds, and Mario Lancioni (Runnemede, NJ/Triton) scored 10 points.
Elizabethtown will return to action at home Tuesday, November 22 at home against Lycoming College in a 7:30 p.m. game.
At Thompson Gymnasium, Elizabethtown, Pa.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY (PA.) 68, RICHARD STOCKTON COLLEGE 63