The East Lincoln Mustangs defeated the North Lincoln Knights 52-33 on Thursday to secure the No. 2 seed in the 2A Southern Piedmont Conference for the NCHSAA 2A state playoffs, which begin Monday.
The Mustangs made 13 of 17 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to solidify the win.
The two teams tied for third place in the conference, necessitating the playoff game, which was held at Lincolnton.
Antwaine McLean led the Mustangs in scoring with 20 points. Gray Brotherton paced the Knights with 13 points.