The Lincolnton Wolves went into overtime for the second consecutive game Tuesday night. The Wolves overcame 31 turnovers to beat count rival East Lincoln Friday 57-55. Tuesday they were not so fortunate falling to South Point 70-65.
Jammel Jefferies, a transfer from Newton-Conover was once again on his game pacing Lincolnton with 21 points. Zack Gibson added 12 points, while P.J. Hamright scored nine.
Dusty Baskett led all scorers with 27 points for the Red Raiders, while Brandon Young chipped in with 13.
â€œHe shoots it well from the outside and gave us some trouble posting up inside. He scores in a variety of ways,â€ Wolvesâ€™ head coach Bob Cowie said.
Cowie was disappointed by the loss, but was even more disappointed with another 20-plus turnovers.
â€œItâ€™s disappointing, but I would have been disappointed even if we had won the game. Weâ€™re turning the basketball over way too much. Weâ€™re turning it over against the press, against the half court, weâ€™re throwing lazy passes. You name it weâ€™re doing it,â€ he said.
Cowie does not believe that there are no positives for his team, but does feel the excessive turnovers derail much of the Wolvesâ€™ chance to win as theyâ€™re averaging over 20 turnovers a game.
â€œWe show some positive signs when we take care of the ball. When you turn it
over like we turn it over; you canâ€™t expect to beat anybodyâ€”youâ€™re just not going to do it.â€
So what is it going to take to rectify the turnover problem?
â€œWeâ€™re going to have to decide as a team that weâ€™re going to take care of the ball. I donâ€™t have any answers right now. Until we find some, weâ€™re not going to be a very good basketball team,â€ Cowie said.
Lincolnton falls to 1-2 on the season. They will visit South Point Thursday.
South Point 13 19 15 11 12 -70
Lincolnton 12 20 10 16 7 -65
SOUTH POINT: Dusty Baskett 27, Brandon Young 13, Tyrone McDowell 11, McGlenn 9, Dye 8, Payseur 2.
NORTH WILKES: Zack Gibson 12, Demory Williams 8, Dusty Friday 3, Lance Friday 8, Matt Wright 4, Jammel Jefferies 21, P.J. Hamright 9.
The West Lincoln Rebels snapped a three-game losing streak beating North Wilkes 63-43 Tuesday night.
Senior Ryan Huffman scored 13 points to lead the Rebels. Josh Fisher, another senior, contributed 11, while Heath Cole chipped in with 6.
Rebelsâ€™ head coach Chad Wright was pleased with the win.
â€œIt was good to get out and play well; especially considering we didnâ€™t shoot the ball very well. We gutted it out with some good defense,â€ he said.
Cole, Paysour and Friday, some reserve players, will be expected to lead the second unit. Cole scored six points Tuesday.
â€œWe want to continue to progress. Our bench stepped in and gave us a nice contribution. Weâ€™ve been working real hard to develop our second unit,â€ Wright said.
â€œWe got a real good lift from Chris, Travis and Ben. They really stepped up their defense and we need that from them,â€ he added.
The Rebels improve their record to 2-4 with the win. They will play Cherryville Friday at home.
West Lincoln 14 18 13 18 -63
North Wilkes 9 14 3 17 -43
WEST LINCOLN: Ben Poole 5, Travis Jones 4, Chris Odum 4, Heath Cole 6, Taylor Woodie 8, Brandon Friday 4, Daniel Paysour 1, Josh Fisher 11, Gene Arp 5, Ryan Huffman 13, Ben Hickman 2.
NORTH WILKES: Phillip Booker 4, Jesse Broyhill 7, Graylon Byrd 14, Graylon Burgess 5, Adam Speaks 1, Josh Wagner 7, Aaron Church 2.
by John Mark Brooks