Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Lance Stephenson and the Lincoln Railsplitters downed Maalik Wayns and Philly Roman Catholic 81-67 in the fifth-place game of the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.
According to Dylan Butler’s blog on fiveborosports.com, the 6-foot-5 Stephenson tallied 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals.
“I think we played harder today. We had a long speech in the locker room the other day, talking about our mistakes,” Stephenson told fiveborosports.com. “We’re just trying to play hard and not lose any more games.”
Senior Anthony Allen added 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting and Darwin “Buddha” Ellis added 12 points and six assists despite playing with a broken pinkie.
Wayns paced Roman Catholic with 27 points and Rakeem Brookins added 18.
Lincoln took a 38-32 halftime behind 16 points and nine boards from Stephenson. Wayns had 16 for Roman Catholic and Brookins had 12.
Tonight’s semifinals pit No. 1 Mater Dei (Calif.) vs. Wheeler (Ga.) at 7 p.m., followed by Winter Park (Fla.) vs. No. 4 St. Patrick’s (N.J.) at 9:30.
The first- and third-place games will be shown Tuesday on ESPN and 3 and 5.
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.