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Lincoln's Neal brothers combine for 28 second-half points in 72-65 win over Woodrow
Lincoln junior 5-9 twins Derrick and Erick Neal combined for 28 second-half points in a 72-65 victory over Woodrow Wilson in District 12-4A on Saturday night at Forester Field House.
Ranked No. 5 in the Sports Day 4A rankings, Lincoln (19-6, 7-0) ended the first-half of district in first, one game over second-place and No. 3 Woodrow (18-5, 6-1.)
Erick scored 14 third quarter points while Derrick scored 12 in the fourth quarter, including 6-for-6 on free throws in the final minutes. Erick ended with 24 points while Derrick had 15. Junior 6-5 forward added 19 points.
“Derrick is our point guard and he usually handles the ball and control things,” Lincoln coach Leonard Bishop said. “Erick usually gets baskets in transition. That’s what happened down the stretch fourth quarter. We played good defense, gave them one shot, got the rebound and went in transition.”
With 12 lead changes or ties in the second half, Woodrow started the third-quarter with a 34-30 halftime lead. Led by Derrick’s outside shooting, Lincoln took a 52-44 lead midway through the third quarter. The Neals already have established themselves as a dynamic duo in leading Lincoln to the finals of the Coca-Cola DISD Basketball tournament before falling to Class 5A South Grand Prairie. The Neals (Erick as quarterback and Derrick at receiver) also sparked Lincoln’s run to the second-round of the state football playoffs.
Woodrow came charging back behind 5-11 senior guard Trey Washington and 6-7 senior forward Zach Coleman. A Wyoming signee, Washington ended with 27 points, including five 3-pointers. A UMass signee, Coleman had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Senior Chance Houston added 12 points and sophomore Dennis Shouse, who hit a 3-pointer to tie it 56-56, ended with 10 points to account for all of Woodrow’s scoring.
Woodrow’s last lead (61-60) came on two Washington free throws with 2:57 left. Lincoln took a 62-61 lead on two free throws by Derrick Neal. Senior guard Rodney Allen and Erick Neal added baskets in the final 1:42 as Lincoln pulled ahead 68-62 with 1:03 left. A 3-pointer by Woodrow’s Coleman made it 68-65 with 53.7 seconds left but Erick Neal free throws and a basket by Johnson gave Lincoln a final 7-point margin.
“We’ve got all juniors except for one senior,” Bishop said. “We have room for improvement, but we’re growing. We had some foul trouble inside, had some adversity and overcame it. I was pleased with the effort.”