The Lincoln Cardinals scored the first 10 points of the game and cruised to a 55-36 win over Concordia on Wednesday at the W-K Shootout.
A Boone Kroenke 3-pointer and a Ryan Eckhoff 3-pointer play paced the 10-0 start. Even after Alec Mueller put the Orioles on the scoreboard with a pair of free throws with 4:32 left in the third, Lincoln went on another run. A long rebound led to an Eckhoff layup. Mason Sanders added a 3-point play and Kroenke hit another 3-pointer.
By the end of the quarter, Lincoln led 26-5.
“We were able to turn them over a few times,” said Lincoln coach Tyler Burke. “We shot the ball pretty well early. It was nice for us to get off to a hot start. In the past, we’ve kind of struggled with slow starts. It was good to see. We played aggressive offensively and defensively.”
Lincoln took a 37-12 lead into halftime, but both teams struggled to shoot the ball in the third quarter. The score was still 37-12 until Cameron Kelly hit one of two free throws for Concordia with 4:51 left in the quarter. Sanders ended the Lincoln scoring drought with a steal and layup a few moments later.
Lincoln led 49-23 after three.
“We called time out and talked to them that we hadn’t scored in a few minutes,” Burke said. “We just want to be more consistent than that. … I think it was an aggressiveness thing. We fell into a comfort zone.”
Boone Kroenke and Eckhoff each had 11 points. Tyler Kroenke added eight.
Kelly led the Orioles with 10 points. Jordan Schlueter added nine.
Lincoln (7-3) will open the Otterville Holiday Classic against Slater on Monday.
Eric Ingles can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @Eric_Ingles