Lincoln Park Escapes Show Stoppers, Remain Undefeated
by Kendall Hilton, Fan-I Sports, Goodman League Staff Writer
BARRY FARMS — You would have thought it was playoff time Inside The Gates Monday Night. A few legends were in the building to see a Lincoln Park take on The Showstoppers but first they saw the DC Raiders mollywhop Team J.
The DC Raiders are on a 3-game win streak after their 56-32 victory. The DC Raiders are becoming a favorite of the Goodman Faithful. The youngins are proving that they are not only ready for the big league but they’re here to run teams off the floor. Wayne set the tone early for the Raiders with his presence in the paint, grabbing offensive rebounds and blocking shots on the other end. Anytime Team Jay penetrated the paint, a Raider was waiting patiently to put their shot on the glass.
Defense is what helped put the Raiders on top early. By halftime, the Raiders were already up by 20 and with five minutes left in the game, fans called for the game to be ended. Malik McMillian is the general of the DC Raiders, running the offense and led the fastbreak. The combo guard out of Thurgood Marshall finished with 15 points. Stay tuned for the next time the DC Raiders play Inside of the Gates.
Now the main event had a playoff vibe to it. The chippiness was in full-effect from players, coaches, fans, and referees. Lincoln Park walked out of the Gates with a 63-58 victory, now 6-0 this summer. LP jumped out to a 8-point lead, going up 14-6 in the first 5 minutes of the game. The Showstoppers then turned it on, riding the backs of the 2-Gunz Wayne Jackson and J-Dubb.
Wayne worked out inside, while Dubb worked the perimeter, both were heavy on the boards though. Early on Wayne found his groove against both Baby Shaq and Pierre, taking the contact and still finishing. He would have to leave the game in the second half, finishing with 6 points.
J-Dubb scored 20 of the Showstoppers 28 points in the first half. He definitely had one of the more impressive performances this season, being able to score at will against the best defensive backcourt in the league. Dubb finished with 36 points.
LP found may have found a new gem to add to their backcourt, which could spell trouble for the rest of the league. Zaire Hearst aka Zeke aka “Bad Haircut”, showed out. The scoring guard out of Quinnipiac – currently playing in pro ball in Spain – led the team with 26 points along with some highlight plays. While LP doesn’t believe in adding wildcards to the team for playoff time, Zeke could be the wildcard they needed to get over the hump. Add him with Dele Ojo and Bruce Massey – a top-5 backcourt already – it’s going to be tough to beat these dudes come playoff time.
While the first half was back-n-forth, LP turned the pressure on in the second half, doubling J-Dubb for the rest of the half. Once they created a little separation, the game was theirs.
“We just had to understand what kind of team we are,” said coach Danielle aka Mrs. Baby Shaq. “Everybody down here wants to see us lose and we started to feed into what the crowd was saying. We was walking the ball up, playing half court, and that’s not how we play. Once we got out and started running, that’s what allowed us to open up the lead.”
The crowd did go against LP early, cheering on every bucket the Showstoppers got in the first half, which made the game intense. Then the referees played a part, both teams asking for calls to go their way but the whistles were on tuck. Expect the intensity to hit a new level if these squads play in the playoffs, Stay Tuned!