Lincoln knocked off Leon for a district title, now the Trojans host Niceville in the first round of the playoffs Thursday, February 13, 7PM ET.
Leon blew a 19 point lead and now will have to regroup and win on the road. Lions Face Crestview Thursday, February 13, 7 PM CT.
In just his first year, Dimitric Salters yas Lincoln believing. The Trojans play at a fast pace and have momentum going into the playoffs.
"Like his toughness we like him a lot too so that's a plus and some people need mentors and he's like a father figure to some of us," Lincoln Power Forward Alex Perry said.
"Believe in one another and continue to excel in terms of what we do as a team and system wise and good things would happen and thats whats happening 19-7 we're playing good basketball," Coach said.
If Lincoln goes far, the believe their bench play could be a secret weapon.
" My reserves have elevated their game not just one person filling their roles off the bench giving our starters a rest extra fight we need now," Salters said.
"A lot of teams cant handle our pressure or stamina or deep of a bench as ours so if we stick together trust our preparation dangerous team throughout this tournament," Lincoln Senior Point Guard Jahvaughn Powell said.
Leon can be a dangerous draw in the Class 7A tournament as well. The Lions have a tendency to build leads but not hang on to them. If they can change that, their athleticism and outside shooting could be a problem for the opposition.
"We have to finish strong by doing the little things. That means because we're up, we gotta rebound the basketball, we have to take care of the basketball and limit our turnovers. If we limit our turnovers, control the basketball, hit our free throws, then we can win the game," Head Coach Rick Davis said.