The Lincoln Golden Eagle boys basketball team used balanced scoring and solid defense to defeat Indianapolis International on Friday, Dec. 1, in a game played in Cambridge City.

The Eagles jumped out to a 20-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and pushed their lead to 20 points at halftime. A 3-point basket from Noah Patterson, with two minutes remaining in the third quarter, gave the Eagles their biggest lead of the night at 53-19.

The Eagles made good decisions with the ball, finding the open player. As a result, four different Eagles reached double figures in the game.

Lincoln defenders trap Indianapolis International’s Philip Randolph during the Eagles’ victory Dec. 1. Photo by Sherry Stuart

Aidan Munchel led the way with 17 points, Oliver Webb scored 13, Ryne Sturgis scored 11 and Dustin Lunsford added ten. Patterson just missed double figures with 8 points.

Philip Randolph led the Gryphons, and all game scorers, with 24 points. Nikhil Vyas scored 10 points.

Lincoln head coach Rodney Klein saw improvement in his team.

“I thought we played with more urgency tonight,” Klein said. “We did a better job of moving the ball to get a great shot rather than a good shot. I also thought our defensive rotations were good. Overall, I liked our effort.”

International does not have a junior varsity team, so the Lincoln JV played a game with Shenandoah. The Raiders won by the score of 56-17.

Cambridge City Lincoln (1-1)           20   14   19   12   65 

Patterson 8, Lunsford 10, Evan Stuckey 4, Briar Glispie 2, Webb 13, Sturgis 11, Elijiah French 0, Munchel 17 – Total 65

Indianapolis International (2-1)        6      8   11   20   45

Randolph 24, Vyas 10, Sai Klobusnik 2, Michael Kreutz 9, Elias Grimm 0, Ma Yilin 0, Angus Conely 0, Deng Hei Lik 0 – Total 45

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A version of this article appeared in the December 6 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Dan Harney is a sports reporter at the Western Wayne News.