VALE â€“ The East Lincoln Mustangs defeated the West Lincoln Rebels 48-33 on Tuesday, and won back-to-back games for the first time in the 2011-2012 season.
The Rebels were down 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, but tied the game 16-16 with six minutes left in the first half on a field goal by junior wing Alec Bruning.
West Lincoln took a two-point lead at the four-minute mark after Bruning completed a 3-point play followed by a free throw moments later, but the Rebel lead was quickly erased by back-to-back 3-pointers by East Lincoln sophomore Domonique Smith, which touched off a 3-0 Mustang run to close out the first half.
The Mustangs outscored West Lincoln 10-3 in the third quarter to seal the win. Sophomore guard Luke Webb drained a 3-pointer with one minute left in the third quarter for West Lincolnâ€™s lone points.
The Mustangs (6-12, 4-5 SPC) have not fared as well in the regular season as was expected in the preseason, and have had to contend with the loss of junior starter Garrett Young because of a knee injury.
â€œAll year long weâ€™ve played well at times,â€ East Lincoln head coach Neal Hodges said.
â€œWeâ€™re trying to elongate those times and cut down on the times weâ€™re playing poorly. I thought we did some good things tonight. We still have a lot of things to improve on, even this late in the year, but I think we did more good things than bad things. Weâ€™re hoping that we can continue to improve.â€
Tyler Brock and Antwaine McLean led the Mustangs in scoring with 10 points each. Senior Kyle Wyatt paced the Rebels with a game-high 16 points. The Mustangs shot 48 percent from the field, and turned the ball over eight times, while West Lincoln shot 42 percent and gave the ball away 13 times.
The Mustangs also beat the Rebels at the free throw line, and converted 14 of 25 attempts. The Rebels were 7-12 from the line.
The Rebels travel to Cherryville on Friday, while Lake Norman Charter hosts the Mustangs.