LINCOLNTON — The Lincolnton Wolves boys varsity basketball team took a 38-37 lead over West Lincoln 30 seconds into the fourth quarter of the final game of the first day of the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash on Thursday and held on for a 59-48 win over the Rebels.
The Rebels trailed the Wolves by four points midway through the second quarter but clawed their way to a 22-20 halftime lead.
West Lincoln senior Brett Huff kicked off the Rebels’ rally with a 3-pointer from the baseline off an inbound pass to cut Lincolnton’s lead to 13-12. Sophomore Daniel Schesny banked in a short jump shot to put the Rebels down 15-14 and then senior forward Danny Miller hit a layup to tie the game at 16-16.
Huff landed another 3-pointer to give the Rebels a 19-16 lead — their first lead in the game since Alec Bruning made a layup in the opening seconds of the first quarter. Dylan Frady added another 3-pointer before the Wolves answered with a layup by Quinlyn Harris with 1:42 left before halftime.
The Rebels held the lead through the entire third quarter, outscoring the Wolves 15-14. Huff opened the third quarter scoring with a 3-pointer 30 seconds into the period and senior guard Houston Gilmore’s two free throws put the Rebels ahead 27-21. The Wolves went on a 9-0 run in the final three minutes of the third quarter to go into the final period with a 37-34 deficit.
Lincolnton’s Ketawan Ingram found Alonzo Mobley at the baseline for a layup to give the Wolves a 37-36 lead in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. Moments later Harris tossed a long pass to Ingram, who dropped in another basket.
Miller put the Rebels ahead 39-38 with a layup but Harris answered with a steal and a basket to give the lead back to the Wolves.
Will Saine followed that score up with a 3-point play to give the Wolves a 43-39 cushion.
The Rebels got their next point more than three minutes later, on a free throw by Gilmore. By that time the Wolves had amassed a comfortable 56-40 advantage.
The Rebels closed out the game with an 8-3 run in the final two minutes.
Frady scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Rebels. Huff added 12 points.
Mobley lead Lincolnton with 15 points. D.J. Cunningham scored 10 points.
The Wolves move on to the tournament championship game against Bandys today at 8 p.m. with the win. West Lincoln faces North Lincoln in the boys consolation game at 5 p.m.