If you walked into Edsel Ford’s gym around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night and looked at the scoreboard, you might have thought the final seconds ticked away until halftime, not the match. The final score of 40-29 was indeed the final score – a fairly low score for a college boys basketball game.
Lincoln Park in Dearborn Edsel Ford boys basketball photo gallery
Lincoln Park coach Brian Starll wasn’t thrilled his team only scored 40 points, but he was certainly pleased his team held the Thunderbirds to 29 in the Railsplitters’ 40-29 victory in the a Downriver League game.
“I thought our defense had been sensational,” Starll said. “Holding a team like that to just 29 points in their gymnasium was pretty impressive. We played with a lot of energy and effort, especially on the defensive end. We scored just enough to win.
Lincoln Park (5-3, 5-1 DRL) won the game without a single player reaching double points. But eight different players reached the scorebook. Luchie Carpenter led the way with nine points, CJ Thomas scored eight and Dwaine Watkins and Zaire Williams each scored six in the victory.
Edsel (5-6, 4-3 DRL) scored six players led by Ahmed Algabri with nine points. Jacob Dover had seven points and Abdullah Musa and Jason Tolzdorf each scored four for the T-Birds.
Lincoln Park had just suffered a 45-34 loss to Wyandotte Roosevelt four nights earlier – its first DRL defeat of the year.
For the Rails on Tuesday, a hat-trick from Carpenter in the first quarter put the visitors up 8-5. A comeback from Carpenter pushed the lead to 10-7.
Lincoln Park stretched the lead to double digits in the second quarter, edging Edsel 15-8. Carpenter scored inside to make it 17-13 after the T-Birds went close to a field goal. Evan McIntyre (4 points) hit a triple to give the Rails a 22-15 advantage.
The biggest blow of the night was delivered by Watkins who hit a long triple just before the buzzer to end the first half and give Lincoln Park a 25-15 halftime lead.
Edsel tried to come back in the third quarter. Algabri, who played a solid game all night for the home side, scored inside to make it 26-17 but the Rails responded with baskets inside by Thomas and Watkins to carry the score at 30-17 with 4:20 to go in the quarter.
An Algabri layup cut the deficit to 30-21 but as before, Lincoln Park had an answer on the other end. Lincoln Park led 34-21 after three quarters.
Much of the fourth quarter saw the Rails play away from Edsel. And the strategy worked as the T-Birds’ closest was 37-29 after a Musa triple with just 1:26 left in the game.
The next game on Lincoln Park’s schedule is a Friday night game at Southgate Anderson. The Rails travel to Woodhaven on Tuesday February 1 for a key DRL battle, as both teams each suffered a loss on Tuesday night.
Edsel will travel to Gibraltar Carlson on Friday and travel to Allen Park on Friday February 4.