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Friday / April 19.
  • Lance & Lincoln Fall to Wheeler

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    Looks like Lance Stephenson and the Lincoln Railsplitters won’t get to play on ESPNU on Tuesday.

    Lincoln lost to Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, 101-84, Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Dylan Butler has a great blog about it at

    ESPNU will telecast the first-and third-place games on Tuesday. Lincoln will play Philly Roman Catholic for fifth place on Monday at 3:30.

    Phil Taylor of Brooklyn paced Wheeler with 26 points, Wake Forest-bound Ari Stewart added 25 and Tahj Tate tallied 24. Read Dylan’s feature on Taylor here.

    The 6-foot-5 Stephenson paced Lincoln with 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting one night after pouring in 37 in a victory over Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest that was witnessed by Kansas assistants Danny Manning and Kurtis Townsend. Lance was 1-of-6 from 3 and 7-of-8 from the stripe. He added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 turnover.

    Darwin “Buddha” Ellis added 16 points and Anthony Allen 14.

    You have to give Lincoln coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton credit for playing a tough schedule. It’s not even Christmas and the Railsplitters already have two losses to Top 25 teams. Lincoln still has dates with Top 5 Jersey powerhouses St. Patrick and St. Benedict’s in 2009, and will play Paterson Catholic as well.

    **Read my feature on Lance Stephenson here.

    **In the last quarterfinal of the day, Mater Dei (Calif.), the No. 1 team in the nation, outlasted Philly Roman Catholic, 72-70.

    Rakeem Brookins paced Roman Catholic with 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting, and Villanova-bound guard Maalik Wayns added 16 points on 5-for-22 shooting and 10 assists. He was 0-for-7 from 3.

    The game was tied at 70 before Roman Catholic committed a foul on 6-5 UCLA-bound point guard Tyler Lamb, who hit two free throws with 5.5 seconds left.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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