The Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters held on to a 77-70 victory against the Neshaminy Redskins to move on to the semifinals for first time in school history.
“We not going home, we not going home,” Lincoln began to roar in chant throughout the gym after their big win.
It started off as a slow start for the Railsplitters as they fell behind 8-2 early, but they picked up their energy in the electrifying atmosphere and found some momentum rolling into the second quarter after going on a 14-2 run. Neshaminy kept fighting and went into half up by three.
The Redskins came out of halftime shooting two free throws right away after Lincoln committed a technical foul for dunking during warmups. The game continued to stay close, but the momentum began to change in Lincoln's favor towards the end of the third quarter. The quarter ended with Lincoln’s senior Sanhei Day draining a three, beating the buzzer to further their lead to seven.
Lincoln kept that momentum into the fourth and began to take control of the game. Neshaminy found themselves down by double digits late into the fourth. The Redskins started to creep back into it with a little help with multiple Lincoln turnovers.
Lincoln Coach Al Brown tried to calm his team in a timeout and told them “to be poised and take care of the basketball.”
The big difference maker for the Railsplitters was 6-6 senior Tyree Corbett. Corbett was a beast in the paint and on the glass. He used all of his size to finish with 29 points and 20 rebounds. The Redskins had no answer for him. He was rebounding at will and giving Lincoln a lot of second chance points. Corbett says he told his team, “Feed me the ball, and they listened. Feed me the ball and let me try to carry it.”
Senior guard Shakeir Morrison and senior Khalif Meares both contributed with double digit points as well.
After coming off a 51 point performance for Neshaminy last game, senior Chris Arcidiacono finished with 35 points in effort to keep the season alive. He was able to get to the strip 23 times, making 21 of them. He gave a great effort, but he found himself being smothered and double teamed throughout the game. Coach Brown said Arcidiacono was their main focus.
Arcidiacono is a great player, but Coach Brown has faith in his team and said his four guards “could be the best group in the state.”
It will be put to the test in their next game against Hazleton Area to see if they can punch their ticket to Hershey.