Pats’ win streak comes to an end

Published 1:58 pm Thursday, January 11, 2018

STANFORD — The Lincoln County boys basketball team saw its recent winning streak snapped at five Tuesday night, as the visiting Pulaski County Maroons handed the Patriots a 60-53 loss at J.C. Eddleman Gymnasium. 

It appeared Lincoln, which had trailed most of the game, had put itself in position to take down Pulaski, going on a 10-0 run to deadlock the game with 6:11 to play. 

Trailing 41-31, Jaxon Smith hit at the close of the third quarter to kickstart the run. Spencer Baird and Chase Phillips, who had a team-high 16 points each, took over in the fourth quarter, with Baird nailing a 3-pointer and adding a free throw toss and Phillips scoring a layup before converting on a three-point play to even the score at 41.

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But Pulaski would not allow Lincoln to take the lead.

Junior guard Jacob Combs, who had just five points through the first three quarters of action, had his shooting game on target in the final 5:43 of the game, scoring 12 points, including a string of 10 straight, in a 19-6 run that widened the gap to 60-47.

Phillips scored six points for Lincoln in the final minute and Baird had two points but it was not enough to overtake Pulaski. 

at Lincoln Co.

Pulaski 17 11 13 19 – 60
Lincoln 13 9 11 20 – 53

PULASKI (12-3) – Danny Butt 16, Grant Oaks 6, Colton Fraley 6, Garrett Heath 2, Hagan Elmore 13, Jacob Combs 17.
LINCOLN (9-9) – Blake Smith 6, Elijah Frye 9, Jaxon Smith 4, Chase Phillips 16, Spencer Baird 16, Riley Bodner 2.