DALLAS — The Lincolnton Wolves boys varsity basketball team fell prey to spotty shooting and costly turnovers in a 60-50 loss to the North Gaston Wildcats on Wednesday.
The Wolves (4-6, 1-1 SPC), in their final game before resuming their Southern Piedmont Conference schedule today against Lake Norman Charter, pulled to within three points of the Wildcats with five minutes left in the fourth quarter on a driving layup by senior Alonzo Mobley. The Wildcats responded with six unanswered points before Mobley put away another layup with four minutes left in the game.
The Wolves outscored North Gaston 5-4 in the final minute of the game, with a 3-pointer by D.J. Cunningham and a layup from Spencer Derr, but North Gaston’s T.K. Adams hit a field goal at the buzzer for the final score.
Cunningham paced Lincolnton with 17 points, went 6-15 on field goals and made two of his five free throw attempts. Mobley added 13 points on 3-15 shooting with eight rebounds and went 7-11 on free throws. The Wolves shot 38 percent from the field as a team.
North Gaston’s Daquan Mintz scored a game-high 25 points and added 10 fourth-quarter points. Max Shirley scored 13 points, including eight in the second quarter to give the Wildcats a 30-27 halftime lead.
Lincolnton fell to an 18-8 deficit by the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats took a 6-0 run to open the game before Lincolnton’s Will Saine hit a free throw to get the Wolves on the scoreboard. Mintz banked in a short jump shot before Lincolnton’s Ketawan Ingram added the Wolves’ first field goal on an assist from Mobley three minutes into the first quarter.
The Wolves pulled back into the game with a 19-point effort in the second quarter. Ingram touched off the frame with a layup on another assist from Mobley to cut North Gaston’s lead to 18-10. Cunningham executed a steal and a 2-point basket moments later, and Mobley followed with a pair of free throws to bring Lincolnton’s deficit to 21-15.
Cunningham went on a 6-0 run for Lincolnton in the middle of the quarter with a 3-pointer, a free throw and a layup on a pass from Mobley. Lincolnton’s Quinlyn Harris made two 3-pointers in the final three minutes before halftime but North Gaston’s Marquis Ray hit a layup at the buzzer for a 30-27 Wildcat lead.
The Wolves and Wildcats both scored 10 points in the third quarter. Saine scored four third-quarter points for Lincolnton and Harris and Mobley each added three points.