The West Lincoln Rebels fell to Newton-Conover 88-54 Tuesday night.
Clemson-signee Julius Powell was the main reason why. The 6â€™8â€ player had five dunks and was accurate behind the three-point arc on his way to a game-high 27 points.
â€œHeâ€™s a great player. Obviously, he exerted himself tonight and proved to be unstoppable force for us,â€ Rebelsâ€™ head coach Chad Wright said.
Wright, who felt his team was dominated on the boards and in transition, is hoping for a better game Friday as they host Lincolnton.
â€œI would expect our ball club to be focused on doing things the right way and also be prepared to be competitive in Fridayâ€™s ball game. If we do those things, then I think weâ€™ll have a shot.â€
West Lincoln lost in the first meeting to Lincolnton. According to Wright, thatâ€™s when the Wolves were starting to find their rhythm.
â€œThey were starting to play good basketball. They executed really well for Coach Cowie and played with great poise. Anytime, you play Lincolnton, you can expect them to handle the ball really well and take high-percentage shots and do a good job of limiting their mistakes on the floor,â€ he said.
â€œIn all the times, Iâ€™ve watched Lincolnton play, one thing they have not done is beat themselves,â€ he added.
The Rebels fall to 3-16 and 1-8 in the Midwest 2A on the season. Newton-Conover is third in the MW 2A with a 7-2 mark.
West Lincoln 12 14 20 8-54
Newton-Conover 23 25 24 16-68
REBELS- Darin Dellinger 15, Jamelle Lowery 14, Wayne White 8, Devin Carter 8, Alex Newsome 4, Carlos-Marquez Sykes 4, Nick Harmon 1.
RED DEVILS- Alex Waycaster 17, Bingo Floyd 13, Farley 4, Mack 9, Crawford 1, Guffey 1, Payne 3, Hungate 5.
The East Lincoln Mustangs fell to the Forestview Jaguars 57-51 Tuesday.
The Mustangs were led by Darin Dellinger, who scored 15 points. His backcourt mate Jamelle Lowery scored 14.
Alex Waycaster scored a game-high 17 points, while his teammate Bingo Floyd contributed 13 in the win.
With the loss, the Mustangs fall to 11-7 and 4-5 in the Big South 3A.
They will host an athletic Berry Academy team on Friday with a chance to get back to .500 in the BS 3A.
Next Tuesday, they will face North Gaston in their second-consecutive home game.
East Lincoln 13 9 15 14-51
Forestview 16 13 16 12-57
MUSTANGS- Darin Dellinger 15, Jamelle Lowery 14, Wayne White 8, Devin Carter 8, Alex Newsome 4, Carlos-Marquez Sykes 4, Nick Harmon 1.
JAGUARS- Alex Waycaster 17, Bingo Floyd 13, Farley 4, Mack 9, Crawford 1, Guffey 1, Payne 3, Hungate 5.
by John Mark Brooks