Just when it seemed things were lined up nicely for the Lincoln High boys basketball team, Lincoln Southwest found its focus.
The Silver Hawks converted four straight turnovers into a 9-0 run, then held off the Links 55-47 on Friday at Southwest.
"The guys on the floor were talking and high-fiving and the guys on the bench were yelling at us," said senior Jordan Tyrance, who led the Class A fourth-ranked Silver Hawks with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He scored on an offensive rebound in the run and capped it with a steal and two free throws.
"We came together as a team. Before, we'd been playing kind of one-on-one and we just got more focus and worked together. Plus, we started hitting our free throws."
Southwest (2-1) was 11-of-15 from the line in the final quarter after going 11-for-17 in the first three periods.
Fifth-ranked Lincoln High (1-1) played sporadically and had difficulty when Dylan Flinn got in foul trouble.
The Links led 35-29 with 3:18 left in the third quarter when Flinn picked up his fourth foul and went to the bench. Southwest scored eight unanswered points and led 37-36 going into the final period.
The Links went up 39-37 when Tobin Reinwald scored and added a free throw. With 6-foot-7 Flinn on the floor, Lincoln High was able to protect its lead.
Until Southwest turned up the pressure and got turnovers.
"When you have 21 turnovers, you aren't going to do well. Four in a row is a killer," said Lincoln High coach Dan Noble. "We're a young team and we have to learn that when you have somebody on the ropes, you have to finish them. We left a lot of points on the floor in the first half. I thought we should have had a bigger lead at halftime."
The Links took a 23-14 lead on a basket by Deondre White, but with Flinn sidelined with three fouls, Southwest went on a 11-5 run to trim the deficit to 28-25 at halftime.
"They were a bit small without Flinn and we thought we could do a bit," Southwest coach Duane Baack said. The Silver Hawks played with both posts, 6-6 Dylan Heath and 6-4 Landon Schmidt, and fared well.
"We wanted better shot selection and the four turnovers helped. We wanted to get a finger on a ball, just get a nick," Baack said. "Against a quality opponent like Lincoln High, this is a good win for us."