Things became a little more interesting in the SEC White boys’ basketball standings after Chelsea knocked off league-leading and Class A 9th ranked Ypsilanti Lincoln 65-61 Friday night.
The Bulldogs handed Lincoln its first league loss and allowed Jackson and Ypsilanti to move within one game of the Splitters.
Chelsea took advantage of Lincoln being shorthanded, with two player sitting out due to suspension from an incident against Dexter Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs started quickly and Lincoln took two quick timeouts, but a Splitter lay-in at the buzzer gave Chelsea a 16-14 lead after one quarter.
Lincoln would take its only lead of the game in the second quarter, but it was short lived as the Bulldogs quickly retook the lead.
The teams were tied at 30 late in the second when Lincoln was called for a technical foul. Quinn Starkey hit both free throws to give Chelsea a 32-30 halftime lead.
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Hunter Neff was a force inside in the third, putting nine points on the board in the quarter.
The Bulldogs struggled from the line for most of the night, but they came up big in the deciding fourth quarter.
Chelsea led 58-55 with three minutes left and when Starkey split a pair of free throws with a minute left the lead was 61-57.
Owen Brown sank a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left for a 63-57 lead, but Lincoln hit a pair of free throws and a lay-in to cut the lead to 63-61 with 28 seconds remaining.
Neff took a long pass along the sideline and fell out of bounds, but after a discussion, the referees ruled that he was forced out and was given two foul shots.
He calmly sank both free throws for a 65-61 lead and the Bulldogs would hold on for the win.
Chelsea finished 11 of 12 from the line in the deciding final quarter.
Neff finished with a team-high 16 points, followed by Starkey and Hunter Lay with 13 each. Adam Hauder finished with nine points, Brown five, Ross Stofflet four, Griffin Bell three, and Jordan Fansler two.
Pictures by Mike Williamson