What shall we call them, the ‘Three Amigos?’ No. That is used too often.


Photo (L-R): Anthony Jackson, Stevie Taylor, and Rob Brandenberg.

was ‘Run T-M-C’ back in the day in regards to Golden State Warriors’
Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullen. That is really catchy,
but it has nothing to do with our guys. Maybe the
‘Three Stooges,’ or the ‘Three Musketeers?’ We shall call them ‘Triple Threat.’

What shall we call them, the ‘Three Amigos?’  No. That is used too often.

was ‘Run T-M-C’ back in the day in regards to Golden State Warriors’
Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, and Chris Mullen. That is really catchy,
but it has nothing to do with our guys.

Maybe the
‘Three Stooges,’ or the ‘Three Musketeers?’ Wait, how about ‘bacon,
lettuce, and tomato?’ Though, it is a very tasty sandwich we will pass.
Could, ‘snap, crackle, and pop’ work? It was a catchy phrase from a
cereal commercial, but our guys are more than a popping bowl of cereal.

We shall call them ‘Triple Threat.’ It has a little flavor coupled with the fact it is referenced to a hoop term.

Lincoln’s three-guard set of silky-smooth Stevie Taylor, human
highlight-reel Rob Brandenberg, and the powerful Anthony Jackson will
chew opponents up in a bevy of ways. Whether it’s with the
drive-and-kick, slashing through the lane, or setting the opponent up
for a text-book back-door these three Lions are a lot more than a
memorable nickname.

Tuesday night, at OCC league foe Pickerington North, ‘Triple Threat’s’ complete arsenal was on display in a 78-51 triumph.

a 5-foot-9 junior, runs the show at the point position displaying
incredible ball skills in the process. The D-1 recruit is at his best
in the open floor with the ability to get the ball to teammates in
scoring position or finish on his own.

Taylor, who
brings much swag to the floor, really flourishes off a high-ball-screen
where he can hit the pull-up or get into the paint and create. He is
fabulous with the basketball in his hands and displays terrific speed

Taylor scored 11 points, handed out five
assists, and grabbed three boards. He along with his teammates was
creating havoc with aggressive on-the-ball defense causing several
Panther turnovers leading to easy transition buckets. He also knocked
down a corner triple.

Taylor has several D-1 offers,
but Providence and Ohio University appear to be the favorites. Though,
he is starting to draw interest from Northwestern. His brother, Rob,
plays for D-2 Mount Vernon.

Brandenberg was high-point
man with 23 along with three rebounds and two assists. The Virginia
Commonwealth signee was very aggressive last night, which is a good
sign for those backing the Lions.

The 6-foot-2
Brandenberg got to the hoop with ease and finished near the rim along
with using his slashing ability to get into the paint and score. The
senior knocked down five triples in the game including a four-point
play at the end of the third quarter. He brought the crowd to its feet
in the first quarter with a transition two-handed dunk-shot.

a stout 6-foot senior, amassed 19 points on the night scoring in a
variety of ways. The Westland-transfer scored around the basket using
the baseline very well, and dropped in three bonus field goals. Several
times, the D-1 recruit, was able to rebound over taller players using
his strength and even snatched the ball out of the opponents hands
quite a few times.

The Lions start no player standing
over 6-foot-4, which makes it all the more important to be able to
handle and shoot the basketball. In all, the Lions knocked down 11
triples in the game mainly using the drive-draw-kick method.

Lincoln wants to be a contender in the D-1 tournament they will need
much of the same using its speed, quickness, and ability to knock down
shots to advance against bigger squads.

The Lions, who
use a variation of the Princeton offense, remind us a little of last
year’s Dublin Scioto squad led by Kansas football player Bradley
McDougal. Much like Gahanna, Scioto was not a very big team but used
the same attributes possessed by the Lions to make the regional finals
nearly knocking off Northland (54-53 in OT).

night’s game, in itself, was a game of runs specifically in the first
half. Lincoln has ‘spurtability.’ Pickerington North jumped out to a
12-4 lead before the Lions answered with 17-straight to take a 21-12

The Panthers would answer back with a 10-2 spurt
to cut the lead down to one, but Gahanna sealed the deal with a 14-2
run to end the first half giving the Lions a 37-24 advantage.

continued its onslaught in the third quarter extending the lead to 20
before cruising to the lop-sided win over a junior-laden North outfit.

6-foot-6 junior Justin Zielinski led North with 16 points and five caroms. Junior point guard Tyler Kelly added 11 markers.

will be back in action next Monday in the Gahanna Cage Classic taking
on Cleveland Heights and then Thursday will meet highly-regarded Huber
Heights Wayne.

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