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Mustangs beat Rebels 81-64

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West Lincoln’s Samuel Redding goes for a shot while under pressure from East Lincoln Chazz Surratt (left) earlier in the season.

Parrish scores career-high 20 points in win over W. Lincoln

MICHAEL GEBELEIN
Sports Editor

DENVER — The East Lincoln Mustangs boys varsity basketball team extended its win streak to five games with a 81-64 victory over the West Lincoln Rebels in Southern Piedmont Conference play on Tuesday.
East Lincoln senior Addison Parrish scored a career-high 20 points. Chazz Surratt added 18 points and 13 assists and Charlie Hills scored 13 points.
West Lincoln senior Alec Bruning scored a career-high 19 points as the only player in double digits for West Lincoln.
The Mustangs (14-4, 7-2) jumped out to a 22-9 first-quarter lead with 10 points coming from Surratt. Bruning banked in a layup off a steal to put the Rebels ahead 2-0 10 seconds into the game but West Lincoln didn’t make another basket until four minutes later.
East Lincoln’s Domonique Smith knotted the game at 2-2 off an assist from Surratt and then senior Tyler Brock put the Mustangs on top 4-2 after pulling down an offensive board. Surratt scored twice more to put the Mustangs ahead 8-2. Hills scored on a layup and Surratt added another basket on an assist from senior Garrett Young to give East Lincoln a 12-2 lead.
The Rebels (2-14, 0-8) steadily increased their quarter-by-quarter point totals with 11 in the second, 19 in the third, and outscoring East Lincoln 25-19 in the fourth, but faced an insurmountable 37-20 halftime deficit.
West Lincoln junior Luke Webb knocked down a free throw to and Bruning added a field goal to open the second quarter but the Mustangs took a 4-1 run to extend their led to 29-15 with 4:13 left before halftime.
Parrish added all four points, both on layups, before West Lincoln freshman Dylan Frady added a pair of free throws.
The Mustangs then took an 8-0 run to take a 37-17 lead. Christian Tyson-Bryant added a field goal, followed seconds later by a layup by Parrish. Hayden Duggins added two points on free throws before Parrish scored once more.
The Rebels closed out the first half with a 3-0 run, with senior Brett Huff scoring a free throw and a layup.
The Mustangs host Lake Norman Charter in a battle for first place in the Southern Piedmont Conference on Friday. East Lincoln gave LNC its only conference loss of the season on Dec. 21. The Rebels travel to Highland Tech today.

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