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home : sports : e-sports August 9, 2022

2/27/2016 8:30:00 PM
East Lincoln Edges LHS, Lincoln Charter Wins
Both will play home games Tuesday night
Below: Chazz Surratt led the Mustangs with 30 points. He also had 5 rebounds and 5 steals.

Below: Chazz Surratt led the
Mustangs with 30
points. He also
had 5 rebounds and 5 steals.

Above: Raekwon Long scored 22 points for the Wolves.(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos by Kirk Herbertson)
Above: Raekwon Long scored
22 points for the Wolves.

(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos by Kirk Herbertson)

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Sage Surratt scored 17 points on
Saturday which made him the
all-time Lincoln County career scoring
leader with a total of 1,923 points. 

Wayne Howard

East Lincoln got victory #26 on the season without a loss--but it was far from easy. Lincolnton actually led the game Saturday night (Feb. 27th) by nine points in the fourth quarter, but the Mustangs scored 20 points to just 8 for the Wolves in the final six minutes to win.

Turnovers hurt the Wolves in the first half when East led by as much as seven points. Lincolnton had eight turnovers in that half while East Lincoln had only one and it came on a fast break late in the half.  

East Lincoln outrebounded LHS in the first quarter, but the rebounding was fairly even in the first half as a whole. Sage Surratt had 13 points in the first half, while brother Chazz had 10.  Robbie Cowie led Lincolnton with nine points--all on three-pointers. East Lincoln led by five 32-27 at halftime.  

Lincolnton cut the lead to 32-31 early in the third quarter. Mustangs coach Neil Hodges called a timeout, after which Chazz Surratt hit two free throws, followed by back-to-back baskets by Cameron Dollar that made it 38-31 and LHS coach Bob Cowie called a timeout. Sage Surratt then hit a basket to make it 40-31, the biggest lead by the Mustangs. Lincolnton cut the lead to 42-41, mostly on rebounds and scoring by seven-footer Raekwon Long.

Robbie Cowie hit his fourth three-pointer to tie the game at 44 with a minute and a half left in the third quarter. Lincolnton took the lead 47-44; then scored the last basket of the quarter to take a five point advantage 49-44 going into the final stanza.

In the fourth quarter, Long had two free throws to give LHS a 51-44 lead. Alex Rhyne then stole the ball, scored and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but LHS led by 53-44 and the Mustangs were faced with what had been a perfect season slipping away. East then cut the lead to 53-48 and Coach Cowie called a timeout. Lincolnton scored again to make it 55-48, then East scored to cut it to 55-50, after which Chazz Surratt hit a three-pointer to make it 55-53.

LHS tied the game at 55.  After that, both teams had scoring opportunities but missed shots, then each scored to make it 57-all. LHS again took the lead 59-57, then Chazz Surratt connected on two free throws to tie the game at 59.

Long missed a shot and Chazz Surratt was fouled by Robbie Cowie, hit two free throws and gave East Lincoln its first lead of the fourth quarter at 61-59. The Mustangs called a timeout. Lincolnton had two shots but missed; East Lincoln got the rebound and called a timeout with 43 seconds left in the game.

LHS committed three consecutive fouls, the third one of them giving East Lincoln a one-and-one opportunity. Chazz Surratt hit the first but missed the second and Lincolnton got the ball back trailing 62-59. Alex Rhyne scored to cut the lead to 62-61 and LHS called timeout with 18 seconds left.

The Wolves were forced to foul again and two more free throws by Sage gave East the 64-61 final margin.

East Lincoln will now face the #4 seed in the western regionals, Shelby, at home on Tuesday night.  The Golden Lions beat North Surry 67-51 to advance to the fourth round game.

Lincolnton finishes the season with a 22-6 record; four of those losses were to East Lincoln.  Lincolnton coach Bob Cowie said after it was over, "I believe that was the 2A state championship game played tonight."

Chazz Surratt led the Mustangs with 30 points. Sage had 17.  Hayden Duggins had 9, Cameron Dollar 8.

With the 17 points, Sage became the all-time Lincoln County career scoring leader with a total of 1,923 points breaking the record held by Lincolnton's Eric Wilson who scored 1,918 points between the years 2000-2004.  The younger Surratt also set the single season scoring record for Lincoln County this year with 811 total points, breaking the record also set by Lincolnton's Wilson during the 2003-2004 season when he had 616 points.  

For the Wolves, Raekwon Long scored 22, Alex Rhyne and Robbie Cowie each had 14. Rhyne helped out in the rebounding department where Long was as usual the leader. Cowie had what may have been his best game of the season. Jordon Easter had 8 points and Cordell Littlejohn 3.


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Lincoln Charter's Eagles advanced by beating Hayesville 82-59 Saturday night. They'll now host Cherokee on Tuesday in what will almost certainly be a high scoring game.

Lincoln Charter never trailed in its victory on Saturday, scoring the first two baskets and then leading 22-16 at the end of the first quarter and 35-26 at the half. The Eagles blew it open in the third quarter, outscoring Hayesville 20-9 including a 13-0 run to take a 55-34 lead into the final quarter.

Sophomore guard Kody Shubert scored 23 points to lead the scoring. Lincoln Charter had five players in double figures.

Logan Foster, Jehlon Johnson, Jackson Gabriel and Trey Johnson all had 12 points each. Gabriel's points all came on three-point baskets. The Eagles will need lots of those in their next game.

The Braves average 90 points per game. They've only missed scoring at least 80 in four of their 28 games this season and they've eclipsed the century mark on eight occasions. The team the Eagles beat Saturday night (Hayesville) gave them one of their three losses earlier in the season, but they beat Hayesville in their conference tournament 102-96.

The win gives Lincoln Charter a 28-3 record going into the game against Cherokee.

In other games in our area, Kings Mountain's boys were eliminated by Cox Mill, losing 76-59.

Hickory's boys beat Ashbrook 66-45 in another 3A 3rd round game. Chase Byrd led Hickory with 22 while Malik Gingles had 18 for Ashbrook.

In girls 2A playoff action, Newton-Conover lost to East Davidson 62-52.

Sherry Johnson scored with 15 seconds left to give the Ashbrook girls a 59-58 win over Hickory Ridge. They'll now host Central Davidson on Tuesday night in round four.



1 A Boys playoffs

Lincoln Charter 82, Hayesville 59

2A Boys playoffs

East Lincoln 64, Lincolnton 61
Shelby 67, North Surry 51

3A Boys playoffs

Hickory 66, Ashbrook 45
Cox Mill 76, Kings Mountain 59

3A Girls playoffs

Ashbrook 59, Hickory Ridge 58


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