The East Lincoln Mustangs hung with Hopewell through three quarters Tuesday night, but the quickness and depth of the Titans took over in the final stanza of the Mustangsâ€™ 59-44 loss in the First Charter Holiday Classic at East Lincoln.
The Mustangs (6-3) managed to hold a 13-10 lead after one period, despite making only one field goal in the quarter. East Lincoln dropped in 10 free throws in 10 attempts to provide the three-point lead heading into the second period.
Hopewell, led by senior guard Rod Peay and junior forward Terrance Grigg, went on a 9-0 run early in the second, as the Titans raced to a 17-13 lead. The Mustangs were able to keep pace from there, and went in at the half down 27-20.
Senior forward Carlos Marquez gave East Lincoln a boost in the third quarter. Marquez scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the period as the Mustangs pulled to within four at 40-36 heading to the fourth.
The final quarter belonged to the Titans, however, as Peay and junior guard Drew Sanchez iced the game away with good ball handling and solid free throw shooting. Hopewell (5-6) outscored the Mustangs 19-8 in the fourth quarter, to send the Titans into today`s semi-final matchup against Mooresville.
Peay led all Hopewell scorers, pouring in 18 points. Griggs chipped in 10 for the Titans.
Marquez was the only Mustang to hit double figures. Jamelle Lowery and Wayne White each had seven points for East Lincoln.
The Mustangs will play Bandys today at 5 p.m. The Trojans fell to Forestview 81-52 on Tuesday.
Hopewell 10 17 13 19 -59
East Lincoln 13 7 16 8 -44
TITANS: Rod Peay 18, Terrance Grigg 10, D. Sanchez 8, J. Shandley 7, J. Miller 4, B. Reber 4, L. Eppley 3, Z. Ganst 3, A. Baringer 2.
MUSTANGS: Carlos Marquez-Sykes 18, Jamelle Lowery 7, Wayne White 7, Josh Davis 4, Alex Newsome 4, Darin Dellinger 2, Thomas Huntley 2.
The Mooresville Lady Blue Devils ran out to a 32-10 halftime lead and never looked back. Led by Stephanie Davis` 14 points and 12 from Shamerri Adams, the Lady Blue Devils advanced to today`s semi-final round with a 54-30 win, and will meet Hopewell at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Mustangs were led by Toree Rosboro and Alyson Kieler with 10 points each. East Lincoln falls to the consolation bracket, and will face Burns today at 12:30.
Burns fell to Hopewell 82-47 in Tuesday`s action.
East Lincoln 8 2 9 11 -30
Mooresville 14 18 8 14 -54
MUSTANGS: Toree Roseboro 10, Alyson Kielar 10, Kim Scercy 4, Krista Moore 4, Koree Roseboro 2.
BLUE DEVILS: Stephanie Davis 14, Shamerri Adams 12, S. Richard 9, C. Abraham 5, K. Terry 4, C. Elliott 4, C. Boyd 2, J. Oliver 2, K. Butner 2. by David Keever