East Lincoln beat North Lincoln Friday night--but the game ended much closer than many had expected. East took an early lead and led by seven at halftime, but the Knights closed the gap to just three points at the end of the third period. North tied the game early in the final period, then took a three-point lead. East kept cutting that to a point or two...the last Knights' lead was at 54-51. East tied the score at 56-all, then scored to break a 58-all tie and took the lead for good. The Mustangs led by as many as six points with a minute and a half left, four with seconds to go; the Knights closed it to two, but that was the final score: 64-62.
Evan Montanari led the Mustangs with 18 points; Justin Kuthan had 13 and Myles Adams 10. For the Knights, Cole Seagle scored 19, Jack Carter 16 and Aiden Callahan 12.
The win keeps East in a second place tie in the South Fork Conference with Newton-Conover. Both are 8-2 in the league. Lake Norman Charter leads the conference with their only loss in last week's game against East Lincoln. LNC beat Maiden Friday night 61-53. They play at Newton-Conover on Tuesday. The Mustangs will play at Bandys. North Lincoln will be at Maiden.
Lincolnton led start to finish Friday night in beating Bandys 65-58. The Wolves will host West Lincoln Tuesday.
Newton-Conover downed West Lincoln 75-27 Friday. The Red Devils host Lake Norman Charter Tuesday.
Lincoln Charter downed Highland Tech 69-43 Friday to maintain their unbeaten conference record in the Southern Piedmont Conference. The Eagles don't play again until next Friday (Feb. 7th) when they host Christ the King. Cherryville lost to Bessemer City Friday in overtime 92-84. Cherryville trailed most of the game but tied it up to send it to OT, then the Yellowjackets outscored the Ironmen in the extra period. For Cherryville, Lane Harrill had 44 points and 19 rebounds,
Lavonte Hughes had 16 points & 5 assists, and Austin Thompson scored 10 points.
East Lincoln's girls kept pace with league-leading Newton-Conover on Friday, but the North Lincoln girls gave them a close game. East lead by 6 points at halftime and by a dozen at the end of the third period, but the North girls pulled to within 4 points with a minute left in the game. East then scored on a foul shot and a three-pointer to put the game away by a final score of 60-52. The Newton-Conover girls beat West Lincoln 74-34. The Red Devils are now 10-0 in the South Fork Conference. East is 8-2 and in second place. Bandys is 7-3 in third.
Brianna Tadlock led the Mustangs with 29 points. She also had 4 steals and 4 assists. Aly Wadkovsky led North with 24 points.
East Lincoln's next game will be Tuesday night (Feb. 4th) at Bandys. North will play at Maiden Tuesday.
The Bandys girls beat Lincolnton Friday 49-17, holding the Wolves to single digit scoring in all four quarters. Lincolnton will host West Lincoln Tuesday.
The Lincoln Charter girls kept their Southern Piedmont Conference record unblemished with a 56-25 win Friday over Highland Tech. They are now 9-0 in the league. The Cherryville girls lost to Bessemer City 60-30.
The Lincolnton High School men's basketball team and head coach John Cloninger will recognize the Wolves 1993 3A state runner-up team during their home game against North Lincoln on Tuesday February 11th. Members of the 1993 team can reach former coach Lavell Hall by cell phone or through Facebook for more information.
Next Friday's (Feb. 7th) Maiden at East Lincoln boys game will be broadcast on WLON Radio (1050AM, 107.5FM). That night's Cherryville at Highland Tech boys game will be broadcast on WCSL (1590AM, 92.3FM). Both games will also be available on ktcbroadcasting.com.
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