BROOKLYN, NY - Abraham Lincoln were alone at the top of Brooklyn AA, sitting undefeated with a league record of 9-0. The Boys & Girls Kangaroos was the next game on the schedule in a battle for first place. After the game was played on Lincoln's home court, the Railsplitters were still undefeated in Brooklyn AA.
On Saturday, Lincoln took control of the game in the third quarter after a first half that finished with both teams tied at 31. They scored the first 8 points of the half and never looked back on their way to a satisfying 74-64 win over their rivals.
Isaiah Whitehead, one of the top sophomores in the country, showed why he is held in such high regard. Whitehead was tremendous throughout the entire game, scoring a game high 21 points for the Railsplitters. He also had 6 rebounds and 6 assists, making a case for player of the year. He turned it on when the lights were the brightest, and the lights are always bright when Lincoln plays Boys High.
Whitehead came out on fire in the beginning of the game, scoring 10 points in the first quarter including two three-pointers. He showed up as he usually does, but he had a lot of help from his teammates. One of those teammates is transfer student Da'shawn Suber.
Suber came over from St. Patrick in New Jersey after starting his high school career at Rice. The junior guard has struggled to find his niche for most of the season. In this game, he really stepped up big for Lincoln, nailing two three pointers in the first half when his team needed it.
Whitehead was asked what he thought about Suber's good game.
"It was important. We were down, we couldn't score" Whitehead said. "He stepped up big. He shot two three's from the corner, got hyped up and played a little d"
Suber, who scored 12 points and had 5 assists in the contest, was happy that he was able to help and his good game was a confidence boost.
"My confidence went up a lot knowing that I played a productive game and contributed to a big victory. I just got to keep it going and keep stepping up big for my team." Suber said.
Lincoln played better than Boys and deserved to win the game. They were more in sync throughout the game, they played great defense, and players made plays when given the chance. Boys struggled especially in the second half. They could never get it going, especially senior forward Leroy Fludd.
Fludd didn't score any points in the first half, picked up three fouls and had to sit the majority of the second quarter. He finished with 14 points, all in the second half, but wasn't as aggressive as he usually is and he wasn't as effective on the defensive end.
Tafari Whittingham added 14 points and 7 rebounds for Lincoln. Senior point guard Tyliek Kimbrough led Boys in the scoring column with 15 points.
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