Lincolnton (8-1, 4-1) extended its win streak to eight with a 70-58 victory over South Iredell Tuesday night.
Senior Zack Gibson paced the Wolves with 22 points, while fellow senior Lance Friday complemented him with 19 of his own.
â€œWe played pretty well. Our defense was not as good as itâ€™s been, but they had some quickness on the perimeter that gave us a little bit of trouble,â€ Wolves head coach Bob Cowie said of the win.
The Vikings started out in a man-to-man look, then switched to zone before ending the game reverting back to man-to-man. No matter what defense South Iredell was in, Lincolnton executed.
â€œOffensively, we executed very well. We did some good things against their zone and against their man-to-man,â€ Cowie said.
Ten different Wolves entered the scoring book, led by six 3-pointers from Gibson. While Gibsonâ€™s scoring is important to the teamâ€™s success, Cowie feels his 6-foot-2 guardâ€™s overall game is more eye-catching.
â€œItâ€™s always good when he (Zack) shoots the ball because it give us another threat. Iâ€™m almost more satisfied heâ€™s doing all the little things that donâ€™t show up in the average basketball fanâ€™s eyes,â€ he said.
â€œAs a coach, there are a lot of things heâ€™s doing for us that donâ€™t show up in the score book but are nonetheless important. Heâ€™s really trying to do what Iâ€™ve asked him to do and thatâ€™s to become a more complete basketball player,â€ Cowie added of Gibson, who is averaging four assists and four rebounds a game this season.
Everything is going right for the Wolves as they reeled off their eighth consecutive victory. Cowie believes part of the reason for the success is the team coming together and executing whatâ€™s asked of them.
â€œIâ€™m very satisfied. I feel like we have a lot of people that are buying into what Iâ€™ve asked them to do,â€ he said. â€œTheyâ€™re making a concerted effort to do what Iâ€™ve asked, and itâ€™s proving to be pretty successful for us.â€
Friday is leading Lincolnton in scoring with an average of 12 points per game. Tuesday, he hit nine of 10 free throws.
Lincoln County rival West Lincoln will come calling Friday night in another Southern Piedmont match-up.
by John Mark Brooks