Breeze-Courier Sports Editor
NEW BERLIN — The Lincolnwood boys basketball kicked off their Winter season by playing in the 2022 Gene Bergschnider Turkey Tourney. The tournament featured eight different teams split into two different pools. In the Blue Pool were the Lancers, New Berlin Pretzels, North Mac Panthers and Meridian Hawks. The Orange Pool included the Routt Rockets, Lutheran Crusaiders, South County Vipers and Tropia Trojans.
Lincolnwood jumped right into the first night of the pool play taking on the home town Pretzels on Monday, Nov. 21 LHS senior Braden Whalen notched 14 points in the contest and sophomore Jonah Elvdge added 9 points of his own. The Lancers put up a fight but ultimately fell, 54-33.
Tuesday was night two and saw the Orange and Black versus North Mac. The Panthers proved to be too much of a problem holding all but one Lancer to single digit points. LHS would fall in game two by a final tally of 45-38.
Just 72 hours later on Friday the team faced off against Meridian. The Lancers played a team game grabbed their first win of the tournament and the young season defeating the Hawks in a down-to-the-wire match, 44-41.
For the final match of the Turkey Tourney Lincolnwood and Triopia battle it out for the fifth place spot. The Saturday, Nov. 26 game was a tight back and forth match through all four quarters. Whalen put up a tournament high 18 points. Elvidge added another 10 and Brady Schmedeke, Zake Guzman and Jared Kein combined for 11. The Lancers fell within 4 points of victory giving them a sixth place tournament finish. The final score was 43-39 in favor go the Trojans.
The New Berlin Pretzels came away with first place defeating the Routt Rockets in a thrilling championship match, 30-29.
For their next game the Lancers will open up their gym for the first time this season. The home opener will be against Mt. Olive and take place on Friday, Dec. 2 with tip-off being at 7:30 p.m.