Lincoln boys basketball punches 4A Great 8 ticket by topping Montrose

Montrose Lincoln boys basketball

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MONTROSE — No. 25 Lincoln boys basketball beat Montrose on the road in the Class 4A Sweet 16 on Wednesday.

"I thought the guys handled the hostile environment pretty well," Lincoln coach Dre Calloway said. "Montrose played a great game. It's hard to try and beat a team in an elimination game two years in a row, but I was pleased with the team's effort and focus."

Lincoln held a slim 11-8 lead after the first quarter, and pushed that lead to 20-13 at the break. It was 29-19 through three quarters, and Lincoln built up a 38-24 advantage with 2:11 to play. They won 43-32.

"What led to the win was our mentality to staying disciplined," Lincoln senior Ty Foster said. "We stayed together as a family and everyone knew their role as we've all accepted our role on this team."

Foster led Lincoln with 17 points. Tijani Bamba had 13, and Emiliano Rodriguez had seven.

Montrose was led by Trey Schwerdtfeger, who had eight points. Luke Hutto and Jordan Jennings had six apiece. Sean Alex and Trey Reese each had five.

"Proud of my team's effort and fight tonight," Montrose coach Ryan Voehringer said. "I thought we played extremely well defensively to hold a great team in Lincoln to 43 points. We just couldn't get any shots to drop on the offensive end. Credit Lincoln and it's defensive pressure. That had a lot to do with us not making shots. I wish Lincoln all the best as they move forward in the tournament. Proud of my guys for the great season we had."