Above, Jamelle Lowery scores two of his 15 points during Tuesday nightâ€™s contest. Lowery at one stretch scored six consecutive points.
Right, Darin Dellinger nailed a shot from behind half-court at the end of the first quarter. He finished the game having made three three-pointers. Dellinger has only turned the ball over at the point, twice in as many games. The backcourt duo will be depended on to carry the bulk of East Lincolnâ€™s scoring in the Big South 3A. Carlos Marquez-Sykes and Josh Davis will man the pivot area for the Mustangs. Chris Dean / LTN Photo
The East Lincoln Mustangs put away West Lincoln early Tuesday night on their way to a 66-33 victory.
It was a night where the Mustangs seemingly could do no wrong. A microcosm of the game happened at the end of the first quarter. After Ryan Huffman made a reverse layup to bring the Rebels to within nine, 18-9, Darin Dellinger launched a shot over half court away that hit all net as the first quarter expired.
Dellinger, the senior point guard, scored all 11 of his points in the first quarter. Perhaps more importantly, he directed the Mustangs in their half-court offense with crisp execution that set the tone of the ballgame.
The closest the Rebels would get would be the opening tip after Josh Davis made a layup. Seven first quarter turnovers did not help their cause. Poor shooting just compounded their problems.
East Lincoln took control of the game, adding to their first quarter momentum, in the second quarter a Lowery layup completed a 7-0 run with four minutes left to put them up 30-11. Daniel Paysour, a reserve player, for West scored four in the second quarter.
The Mustangs were led by Jamelle Lowery who finished with 17 points. Lowery, a junior guard, at one point scored six consecutive in the third quarter.
â€œWe played good as a team and Darin knows I can finish. He gave me the ball and I just took it to the hole looking for fouls, got to the line and knocked them down,â€ Lowery said.
Dellinger finished with 11, while Carlos Marquez-Sykes and Alex Newsome finished with 10 apiece. Lowery or Dellinger did not play in the fourth quarter.
Ryan Huffman scored eight to lead the Rebels. Josh Fisher had six, while Gene Arp scored five.
The Mustangs are 2-0 on the young season. West Lincoln drops to 1-3.
Head coach Neil Hodges was pleased with Dellinger and Loweryâ€™s play.
â€œBoth of those guys are pretty good players. For us to be a good team, they got to play, but itâ€™s early in the year,â€ he cautioned.
Hodges is not sold on the Mustangsâ€™ two wins pointing to the fact itâ€™s a long year.
â€œWe got to get better. The team has to get better, the coaching staff has to get betterâ€”everybody has to get better,â€ he said.
The coach feels his team has a lot of improving to do.
â€œWeâ€™re not good enough. We played well for this time of year. We need to keep getting better. As we get into our conference schedule, we have teams that can play. We got to go to practice and get a little better each day,â€ Hodges said.
Bright spots for the Rebels was the play of Ben Hickman and defensive tenacity of Brandon Friday, both reserve players. Hickman nailed a three in the third. The low point for the visiting team was the fact they were able to muster only three third-quarter points.
West Lincoln- Taylor Woodie 3, Josh Fisher 6, Gene Arp 5, Ryan Huffman 8, Travis Jones 2, Daniel Paysour 4, Ben Hickman 3.
East Lincoln- Darin Dellinger 11, Devin Carter 1, Jamelle Lowery 17, Carlos Marquez-Sykes 10, Josh Davis 4, Thomas Huntley 6, Jason Smith 6, Alex Newsome 10.
Varsity womenâ€™s game
The Lady Mustangs overcame a 12-4 first quarter deficit on route to a 43-25 victory to improve to 2-0 on the season.
The Rebels drop to 0-3 on the young season.
Alyson Kielar paced the Lady Mustangs with 17 points, while Toree Roseboro also was in double figures with 11. Koree Roseboro chipped in with five. Miranda Lamberth had five.
Tamika Werts finished with 10 in the losing cause. Jessica Grigg and Katie Thornburg scored four apiece.
Mustangsâ€™ coach Deidra Gibson believed Kielar was a difference-maker.
â€œShe provided the offensive spark we needed in the first half. Toree led our team team with her quickness on defense,â€ she said.
â€œComing off the bench Miranda Lamberth provided the inside presence offensively and defensively,â€ she added.
West Lincoln- Tamika Werts 10, Sara Elmore 2, Katie Davis 1, Katie Thornburg 4, Valerie Fite 2, Helen Debari 2, Jessica Grigg 4.
East Lincoln- Alyson Kielar 17, Koree Roseboro 6, Toree Roseboro 11, Krista Moore 4, Miranda Lamberth.
by John Mark Brooks