Lincolnton’s offense was in a deep coma at halftime of Friday night’s boys championship game of the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.
The Wolves trailed 25-16 and were in desperate need of a spark to force Bandys out of its sleep-inducing 2-3 zone defense.
Offensively, senior Alonzo Mobley proved to be the jump starter, with plenty of help from sophomore Will Saine and junior D.J. Cunningham.
That threesome led a stirring second half comeback as the Wolves overcame a 13-point third quarter deficit to claim the title, 60-52.
On the defensive side, Lincolnton stepped up its pressure on the Bandys ball handlers in the third period, forcing turnovers that led to layup opportunities.
Mobley, who found few openings in the Bandys zone in the first 16 minutes, fueled a 14-2 run that brought the Wolves (5-4) back from a 31-18 deficit. The senior forward finished with 14 points for the game and earned tournament MVP honors.
Saine, who had the best night of his young varsity career, contributed a three-point play to the run and gave LHS a shot of momentum when he hit a desperation 3-pointer from the top of the key at the third quarter horn.
The buzzer beater left the Wolves trailing by two, 37-35, heading into the final eight minutes.
The contest was tied for the last time at 44-44 before Mobley hit a layup and Saine scored at the 2:57 mark to make it 48-44, Lincolnton.
The Trojans got as close as 49-46, but Lincolnton padded its lead with accurate free throw shooting in the final minute and a half. The Wolves’ final nine points came at the charity stripe.
Saine scored a team-high 18 points, and Cunningham finished with 17. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.
Coming off the successful two-day run on their home court, the Wolves play at North Gaston Wednesday.
In the boys consolation game Friday, North Lincoln defeated West Lincoln 45-36. Hunter Caldwell led the Knights with 17 points; Dylan Frady had 18 for the Rebels.
Chase Stehling of North and Frady of West were named all-tournament.