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Wolves down Mustangs 62-50

Jonathan Gidney’s dunk comes with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter on Friday and puts Lincolnton up 55-48 against East Lincoln in a game the Wolves would go on to win.

Littlejohn’s 17 points lift Wolves to 4-0 in SPC play

MICHAEL GEBELEIN
Sports Writer

DENVER — Four Lincolnton players hit double figures in scoring in the Wolves’ 62-50 Southern Piedmont Conference win over the East Lincoln Mustangs on Friday.
Senior Jalen Littlejohn led the Wolves with 17 points, and shot 3-3 in 2-point field goals. Both Michael Cunningham and Lorenzo Carter added 10 points for the Wolves, while Jonathan Sherrill put 13 points on the board.
The Wolves forced 11 turnovers in the game on steals, and ran a press defense that gave the Mustangs plenty of trouble.
“We gave them some issues with some three-quarter court pressure,” Lincolnton head coach Bob Cowie said.
“The goal was to make them make some mistakes, and they made some. They gave us some problems with the zone so we switched to some man and some 1-3-1 that we gave them some problems with.”
The Mustangs played close with the Wolves through the first two periods of play, and went into halftime down 30-27.
The Wolves pulled ahead in the third quarter, scoring 15 points while allowing only eight to the Mustangs.
East Lincoln logged higher percentages than the Wolves in nearly every scoring category except for free throws. The Wolves shot 19-28 from the free-throw line, while East Lincoln hit six of 12 free throw attempts.
Cowie has mentioned after previous games the need for improvement from his team, and he said he’s seeing an upswing after Friday’s game.
“We executed very well and played very smart at times, but we still have some room to go,” he said.
“We’ll continue to get better, and we’re certainly making some steps in the right direction.”

Image courtesy of Ron McCann / Special to LTN

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