Lincoln blows lead but beats Coronado
There was no panic in Sioux Falls Lincoln head coach Jim Halseth's team Friday.
Despite giving up a 12-point lead and falling behind for one possession, the Patriots bounced back and went on to defeat Coronado 75-64 Friday in the only game the team will play in the Third Annual Mike Miller Classic at Mitchell's Corn Palace.
"It was fun to watch them bounce back when we let the other team back in the game," said Halseth, whose team was up by as many as12 points in the first half. "We seem to always start well, but we always seem to find a way to let the other team back in the game."
Lincoln (4-0) jumped out to a 15-5 lead in the first five minutes, but that margin quickly evaporated when Coronado guard Justice Augmon started knocking down jumpers.
Augmon, the son of former NBA player Stacey Augmon, went 9 of 21 from the field and finished with a game-high 25 points.
Jordan Willis was the only other Cougars player to reach double figures. Willis scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to record a double-double.
Behind Augmon and Willis' efforts, Coronado made a surge early in the second half and briefly took a one-point lead after Shawn Hunt drained a long two-pointer in the corner.
The Patriots quickly regained the lead with a mix of fast break layups and long distance three pointers.
Leading the Patriots' second-half effort was Nermin Krdzalic, who went 8-of-13 from the field and scored a team-high 19 points. Three other Lincoln players finished with double figures.
Calvin Krause scored 14 points, Caleb Rector had 12 and Addison Park added 11.
"(Nermin) is our leader on the floor," Halseth said. "We kind of go the way we he goes he started off a little slow so we were slow and when he came in and picked it up we picked it up."