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Familiar foes Lincoln, Kimball win, will meet for 4A state-tournament berth
GARLAND — Lincoln coach Leonard Bishop was honest after his team’s 68-55 victory in Friday night’s 4A Region II semifinal at the Special Events Center.
“I don’t think we played very good,” he said.
The Tigers started off slowly. They didn’t put away Jacksonville until the fourth quarter. In the second half, they scrapped a matchup zone and switched to a man defense in hopes of containing the sharp-shooting Ryan Black.
The plan worked. Black still scored 12 of his 27 points in the second half, but Jacksonville never found an offensive rhythm.
Lincoln may not have fully clicked, either, but LeBryan Nash scored 31, Keaton Miles 14 and Courtney Hooper nine.
Lincoln returns to its first regional final since 2007.
“It’s one for the seniors especially,” Bishop said. “This team definitely deserves it.”
Kimball 79, Bastrop 49: The answer was no. Kimball coach Royce “Snoop” Johnson didn’t think his players were looking ahead to a Saturday matchup with Lincoln. And the focus showed.
After trailing late in the first and early second quarter, David Tucker, Shannon Lilly and Austin Franklin all hit outside shots. And just like that, Kimball had a 13-1 run and control.
The outside games of the guards meshed with Jalen Jones in the paint. He scored six of Kimball’s first eight points and finished with 23.
Saturday’s Kimball-Lincoln regional final at 3 p.m. will be the teams’ third meeting this season. They split the first two matchups.