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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Lincoln Park holds back Woodhaven

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Woodhaven was looking for its first win of the season Friday night and it almost came against visiting Lincoln Park, a team that had won by 31 points in the last meeting.

With just 5.2 seconds to go, Woodhaven’s Rashied Patterson went to the free-throw line, with his team down by just four points, and he hit both of his shots.

On the following possession, Rashod Johnson fouled Lincoln Park’s Joe Decsoter. Decoster missed both free throws, but it didn’t matter as Woodhaven couldn’t finish the final 4.2 seconds with a solid possession and fell to the Railsplitters 56-52.

It was a nail biter for Lincoln Park (5-5, 5-4 Downriver League).

“To win by 31 and play them six weeks later, and do everything possible to try and lose the game; we were very disappointed with the way we played,” said Lincoln Park Coach Todd Tobin.

“We’re not doing the things right now that good teams do. We’re not getting stops when we have to, we’re not taking care of the basketball, we’re not scoring around the rim, we’re not making free throws, just all those things that good teams do, and we’re not doing them right now.”

Woodhaven (0-11, 0-9 DRL) got the scoring started, and led only twice during the game, with both times coming early in the first quarter.

After the 3:55 mark of the first quarter passed, Woodhaven would let the lead go for the rest of the game, but never gave up.

The Warriors were down 12-7 after the first quarter, but picked it up in the second, going into halftime down 27-20.

The third quarter is where things started to fall apart a bit for the Warriors, as Lincoln Park’s Brian Reed and Robert Atwater both hit triples within a minute of each other to take a bit 35-28 lead.

Woodhaven closed the gap each time, but was down 37-30 at the end of the third quarter.

“Third quarter we gave up a couple three’s, we went to a 2-3 (zone), and tried changing it up,” said Woodhaven Coach Greg Scheffler. “They had their two best players out, so I tried to switch it up, and it didn’t work out that way.”

The Warriors kept on pushing though and didn’t give up, even as the minutes and seconds ticked down in the final quarter. The way things were going, overtime wasn’t out of the question, despite each basket by the Railsplitters.

With less than a minute left, it was free-throw time, and that’s when time seemed to slow down a bit.

In the final minute, there were six fouls called, all six of which were on the Warriors.

The Railsplitters went to the line and only sunk four of their 10 shots.

“Offensive rebounds killed us. They outrebounded the ball real well,” said Scheffler.

When Christian Walker hit the last two free throws with 1.7 seconds left, he sealed the win for the Railsplitters.

Decoster scored a game high 16 points and added five boards to lead the Railsplitters, while Hilbert Banks scored 12 points and added a board.

As for the Warriors, Maurice Witherspoon had 12 points and a steal, while Nick Towianski had 11 points and three boards, along with two steals and two blocks.

The Railsplitters head to Melvindale next Friday for a big rivalry game, while the Warriors host Allen Park on Monday for a makeup game and then travel to Taylor Truman on Friday.

Last Updated: 2/1/2014 3:27:39 AM EST