2007-01-11 / Sports

Vikings' Hopes Dashed As They Lose To Railsplitters

By Jerry Del Priore

The South Shore High School boys varsity basketball team hopes to start 2007 on a positive note with a win over perennial powerhouse Abraham Lincoln High School, last season's PSAL champs and one of the toughest squads in the AA division this year, were dashed as the Vikings suffered a 79-57 defeat, which dropped their record to 4-4.

South Shore was never in the game as Lincoln jumped out to a 24-17 first quarter advantage. The Viking squad only scored nine points in the second period, and trailed the Railsplitters, 39-26, heading into the locker room.

South Shore played a solid third quarter, but the Railsplitters still managed to extend its lead to 15 points - 53-38 - as the final period began.

Lincoln continued its offensive onslaught, outscoring South Shore 26-19 in the fourth quarter to run away with the game.

Despite Lincoln's talented team, South Shore head coach Mike Beckles believes his squad could have put forth a better effort if it had reduced its sloppy play.

"We lost to a good team, but I still thought we could have played better," Beckles told the Courier after the January 2 game. "We let them off the hook with too many mistakes throughout the game, and you can't do that with a team like Lincoln."

Each team visited the foul line frequently, with the Vikings sinking 18 of 22 attempts and Lincoln making 18-23 foul shots.

Senior Sharif Muhammad led South Shore with 14 points and added three rebounds, while Kante Salif chipped in ten points and a game-high nine boards.

Lincoln guard/forward Lance Stephenson, who is one of the top sophomore players in the nation, torched South Shore for a game-high 27 points. Senior Justin Greene added 16 points for the Railsplitters.

The Vikings travel to face Boys & Girls High School today at 5 p.m.

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