However the East Lincoln High Mustangs’ boys basketball team finishes the 2011-12 season, it will likely be a result of its performance in close games.
Early in the season, the Mustangs struggled to win close games. The team’s first eight losses were by 10 or less points.
But after hitting their stride in late January, the Mustangs showed they can hold their own in clutch situations.
Guard Tyler Brock scored 25 points and converted five 3-pointers to lead East Lincoln to a 55-52 overtime upset of Lincolnton on Feb. 3. The win marked the Mustangs’ fifth in a row.
“It felt good (to beat Lincolnton),” Brock said. “We knew we could do it.”
Unfortunately for East Lincoln, the Gastonia Highland Tech Rams had the final say in the Mustangs’ bid for a sixth consecutive win on Feb. 7. Highland Tech used a 12-8 fourth quarter run to force overtime and then sped to a 43-39 win.
Brock and Charlie Hills led the Mustangs with 14 points each.
East Lincoln concludes its regular season with a Friday, Feb. 10 match-up at home against Southern Piedmont 1A/2A rival North Lincoln. The Mustangs enter the game with a 9-13 overall record and a 7-6 mark in league games.
Knights’ girls basketball
undefeated in league play
When the North Lincoln High Knights girls basketball team collected a 57-38 win over Lake Norman Charter on Feb. 7, it marked more than just the team’s 10th consecutive victory.
The win also left the Knights one win away from finishing the regular season with a spotless 14-0 record in Southern Piedmont 1A/2A conference play.
North Lincoln will face East Lincoln in both teams’ regular season finales on Friday, Feb. 10.
Eagles win Talon Challenge
The Lincoln Charter Eagles retained the Talon Challenge trophy after the Eagles and Thomas Jefferson Academy concluded their fundraiser and split a pair of basketball games.
Lincoln Charter took a 27-26, last-second win in the girls game thanks to a 3-pointer from Madeline Holmes, while Jefferson won a 52-44 decision in the boys contest.
The schools raised over $5,400 for The V Foundation and donated 96 pints of blood to Red Cross.
– Compiled by Aaron Burns