Written by Corbett Smith
Jawun Evans scores 24 to lead flashy Kimball past Lincoln, 105-91
Kimball coach Royce Johnson spent most of the second half on his feet, working the referees and barking instructions at his players.
But an over-the-shoulder flip from junior guard Jawun Evans with 90 seconds remaining against Lincoln turned Johnson around for a spot on the sideline.
A transfer from South Carolina, Evans scored a game-high 24 points, and senior D’Angelo Allen added 23 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks as Kimball outpaced Lincoln, 105-91.
“Defensively, they are hard to match up against — because you know the twins [Lincoln senior guards Erick and Derrick Neal] are going to get theirs,” Johnson said. “But I knew Lincoln just got four of their guys back from football, so I wanted this to be about getting out and making this a fast-paced game.”
Kimball (6-2) — the No. 9-ranked team in the state in Class 4A by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches — did just that. Both teams combined for 53 points in the second quarter, with No. 21 Lincoln (1-3) scoring 30 points in the period to tie the game at the half, 48-48.
A last minute-push in the final minute of the third quarter — on a 3-pointer by Dondre Carter and a put-back by Trent Brinkley — gave Kimball a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Erick Neal scored 23, Derrick Neal scored 16, and Mark Johnson added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Lincoln, which got within a point in the fourth quarter before Kimball went on a 13-6 run, with all 13 points coming from Evans and Allen.
“There’s no one in the state that does it all except D’Angelo,” Johnson said about Allen, a highly recruited 6-7 forward. “I don’t know who’s going to get him, but whoever it is, they are going to get someone who can play as a freshman.”
Follow Corbett Smith on Twitter at @corbettsmithDMN.