Stephenson, Lincoln Upend Thomas Jefferson

Reporter Brian Towey was on hand to watch Lance Stephenson and the Lincoln High School basketball team battle a gritty Thomas Jefferson High School squad ...

Brooklyn, N.Y. -- Lincoln displayed its uncanny ability to perform in the clutch in an 87-83 victory over Thomas Jefferson in a Brooklyn PSAL AA battle in Coney Island on Thursday.

The Railsplitters got key defensive stops in the fourth quarter when they needed to and rode a career day from senior guard Anthony Allen (23 points, 10 rebounds) to the win in a physical, chippy match between rivals.

Jefferson had possession and a chance to tie the game at 81 with 33 seconds to play but 6-foot-6 junior forward Joel Wright (19 points) stepped on the baseline after handling a difficult inbounds pass.

After Jefferson senior Keith Spellman (19 points) fouled out with 4:32, Lincoln cranked up the ball pressure, as seniors Darwin Ellis and Lance Stephenson combined to force two turnovers in Jefferson's backcourt that led to baskets and set the tone for the remainder of the game.

Stephenson finished with 17 points (eight in the fourth quarter) and seven rebounds. Junior point guard Raymond Oloughlin scored 20 points for the Railsplitters. Ellis tallied five points, six assists, and five steals.

6-2 junior shooting guard Marcus Romain led Jefferson with 20 points. 6-1 sophomore point Davontay Grace scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter (8-of-8 free throws in the fourth) for Jefferson.

Schools on hand included St. John's, Seton Hall, Hofstra, Albany, and Long Island University. It's well known that St. John's University is working Stephenson very hard in an effort to take the traditionally rich Big East program to a higher level.

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