Lincoln tops Northeast in key Pub matchup

Posted: January 30, 2014

SCORERS dream of basking in its glow. Its power is great but proves elusive for most because only the trustworthy are granted control.

Abraham Lincoln senior guard Raymond Fred said he was deemed worthy yesterday and used it to score 30 points in the Railsplitters' 78-73 takedown of visiting Northeast High.

"It was out of hand, to be honest," Fred said, laughing. "In the second half, coach just gave me the green light, so I tried to make things happen."

Fred finished 11-for-16 from the field with two assists and two steals. He was a perfect 3-for-3 shooting in the fourth quarter and only missed one shot in the second half.

So, how did access to the limelight feel?

"Just give me the ball and get out of the way," he joked.

Fred took advantage of the freedom, but it was a recent red light that got his attention. Fred was forced to miss games against Olney and Overbrook after he skipped practice following a loss to Sayre and argued with Lincoln coach Al Brown. Fred returned last week in a win against Audenried.

And what did he learn?

"Not to give up on my team and be faithful and be loyal to them," Fred said.

With the Public League C victory, the Railsplitters (10-7, 6-5) improved their postseason position. Sophomore Blair Bowes added 29 points (four threes, 11-12 free throws), seven boards and four steals. Senior forward Akquil Harrington contributed 10 points, nine rebounds, five steals and two blocks.

Northeast (9-8, 5-6) was led by junior Deshan Brown's 21 points (four triples) and 10 rebounds. Dalvin Johnson, another senior, finished with 17 and 13, while junior Elmange Watson scored 16.

As for Fred, who attends Camelot Academy after 3 years at Lincoln, the green light granted by coach Brown is meaningful.

"That means a lot to me, actually," he said, "because that means he has faith in me that I'll actually be loyal to the team again."

Fred, who lives near Torresdale Avenue, not far from Lincoln, is at Camelot trying to rebound from early academic difficulties. He reports basketball interest from a few community colleges and says he is on track to graduate on time.

Again, what has he learned?

"To never give up and keep pushing myself," he said. "That's what stays on my mind. Push myself every day and get my grades right because when I came into high school I kind of messed up and that's kind of messing me up. Now, I'm just trying to (put) it all together."

Public League basketball notes

League chairman Ben Dubin said Monday's halted contest between Jules Mastbaum Tech and visiting World Communications will be determined a victory for Mastbaum, which led by 20 points in the third quarter when a pipe burst in the school. Dubin said he consulted the PIAA for a ruling and was told the game could be considered final if both teams agreed.

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