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Bandys sweeps Peoples Bank Holiday Clash


Colton Medlin scored 23 points and Dylan Wambold and River Copeland came up big down the stretch as Bandys erased a double-digit deficit to beat host West Lincoln 86-79 for the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash boys title on Saturday.

Wambold scored 18 points and Copeland added 13 points off the bench. The pair combined for 22 of those points in the fourth quarter alone.

The Trojans (5-5) trailed 63-48 early in the final period before beginning their run. They forced West Lincoln (1-10) into 14 fourth-quarter turnovers, getting it out of an offensive rhythm that had been nearly lights out the first three quarters.

A steal turned into a 3-pointer for Sawyer Frye, who had 12 points on four made 3s, then Wambold took a steal to the rim to pull Bandys to within 69-62 with 4:38 to play.

Free throws by Medlin, who was named the tournament MVP, and Farod Hooker, cut into the Rebels’ lead even more and made it a two-possession game at 69-64 with 4:24 left.

Medlin picked up his fifth foul 16 seconds later, but the Trojans ended the game on a 22-10 run to pull out the win and give them back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Jelani Culliver added 15 points for Bandys, which trailed 40-28 at the break.

Medlin hit just two of his first seven shots before hitting eight in a row and finishing 10 of 17 from the field. He also tied a team-high in rebounds with eight (Hooker).

Todric Anderson led West Lincoln with 23 points. The Rebels hit their first five 3s of the game, and hit 9 of 19 from behind the arc. But they were limited to just eight field goal attempts in the final period thanks to the 14 turnovers.

Harry Huddleston scored 13 points, Austin May scored 12 and Samuel Redding added 10 for the Rebels, whose win over North Lincoln on Friday ended a streak of 30 consecutive losses dating back to Nov. 30, 2012.


LINCOLNTON 65, NORTH LINCOLN 59: Will Saine scored 22 points and Quinlyn Harris added 18 as the Wolves held off the Knights to finish third in the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.

Lincolnton (4-3) led 44-25 heading into the fourth quarter, but North Lincoln (5-7) opened the period with a 9-0 run that stretched to 16-5 to get the Wolves’ lead down to single digits.

A 3-pointer by Zach McGinnis with 50 seconds left made it 57-53. Chantz Petrie, who scored a team-high 21 for North Lincoln, was fouled by Jordon Easter on a 3-point shot and converted all three free throws to pull the Knights to 62-59 with 15.1 seconds left. But Lincolnton hit its free throws to preserve the win.

McGinnis scored 10 points, and Collin Labar and Chase Stehling added nine points each for the Knights, who dropped their sixth in a row.

Colby Pridmore had nine points for Lincolnton.




BANDYS 90, WEST LINCOLN 16: The Trojans used a smothering defense to force the Rebels into 44 turnovers to win the girls portion of the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.

Tournament MVP Madi Story scored a game-high 17 points to lead five Bandys players in double figures. Haleigh Lackey scored 15 points, Sara Goble had 14 points, Morgan Bibey 13 and Ace Easter scored 12.

Erin Huff, Heather Truesdale and Madison Ferguson scored four points each for the Rebels (5-6), who turned it over on their first seven possessions and had it stolen from them 30 times –– seven by Lackey.

The Trojans (10-0) reached the 90-point mark for the fourth time this season and for the third straight game.

In its last three games, Bandys has outscored its opponents –– East Lincoln, North Lincoln and West Lincoln –– 271-51.


LINCOLNTON 68, NORTH LINCOLN 33: Kaniya Brown scored 20 points in a game the Wolves never trailed to finish third in the girls portion of the Peoples Bank Holiday Clash.

Mikayla McDowell added 12 points and Saylor Whitesides scored eight for Lincolnton (4-3). Rachel Nuhfer led the Knights (0-12) with 13 points, and Morganne Kay scored eight.






EAST LINCOLN 81, CHARLOTTE MALLARD CREEK 62: Sage Surratt scored 27 points and was 13 of 14 from the free throw line as the Mustangs broke a close game open in the second half to advance to the title game of their own East Lincoln Winter Jam.

East Lincoln (8-0) will face Mooresville, an 84-76 winner over York (S.C.), at 8:30 p.m. Monday for the championship. It’s the first time the Mustangs have played for the championship in their own tournament since 2008, when they defeated Charlotte Ardrey Kell.

Chazz Surratt had 23 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals, and Charlie Hills added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Mustangs, who outscored Mallard Creek 40-24 in the second half.

The Mavericks’ Terrance Durham scored a game-high 39 points and hit six 3-pointers.




HARRISBURG HICKORY RIDGE 68, EAST LINCOLN 19: The Mustangs were held to single digits in each quarter for the third straight game as they fell into the seventh-place game of their own tournament.

East Lincoln (1-7) will face Central Cabarrus, a 67-45 loser to Mooresville, at 10 a.m. on Monday for seventh place.

Lydia Smith led East Lincoln with seven points.






LINCOLN CHARTER 83, GASTON CHRISTIAN 61: Trey Johnson scored 28 points and Amir Davis and Zach Hollar added 18 each as the Eagles finished third in the four-team Gaston Christian School Basketball Invitational.

Lincoln Charter led 42-23 at the half and never looked back. The Eagles lost to Gastonia Piedmont Charter 63-62 in an opening-round game on Friday. Christian Hilty had 24 points and Amir Davis added 13 in that game.




LINCOLN CHARTER 72, GASTONIA PIEDMONT CHARTER 14: Eboni Tinsley scored 11 points in a balanced effort as the Eagles won the Gaston Christian School Basketball Invitational.

Ashley Baich scored 10 points, Caitlyn Miller scored nine points, Victoria Cobb scored eight points and Madi Hare scored eight points as the Eagles improved to 10-0.

They defeated Matthews Carmel Christian 55-44 in an opening-round game on Friday. Cobb had 16 points and Madi Neesmith added 12 in that game.


For more on area post-Christmas tournaments, see Monday’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News. 


Peoples Bank Holiday Clash


At West Lincoln




Friday, Dec. 27

Game 1: Bandys 91, Lincolnton 27

Game 2: W. Lincoln 50, N. Lincoln 24


Saturday, Dec. 28

Consolation: Lincolnton 68, N. Lincoln 33

Championship: Bandys 90, W. Lincoln 16




Friday, Dec. 27

Game 1: Bandys 59, Lincolnton 51

Game 2: W. Lincoln 75, N. Lincoln 65


Saturday, Dec. 28

Consolation: Lincolnton 65, N. Lincoln 59

Championship: Bandys 86, W. Lincoln 79



East Lincoln Winter Jam


At East Lincoln




Friday, Dec. 27

Game 1: (2) Mallard Creek 67, (7) Central Cabarrus 39

Game 2: (4) N. Meck 64, (5) Hickory Ridge 14

Game 3: (3) Lake Norman Charter 59, (6) Mooresville 44

Game 4: (1) Hopewell 64, (8) E. Lincoln 7


Saturday, Dec. 28

Game 5: (5) Hickory Ridge 68, (8) E. Lincoln 19

Game 6: (6) Mooresville 67, (7) Central Cabarrus 45

Game 7: (3) Lake Norman Charter 61, (2) Mallard Creek 54

Game 8: (1) Hopewell 67, (4) N. Meck 64


Monday, Dec. 30

Seventh place (new gym): (8) E. Lincoln vs. (7) Central Cabarrus, 10 a.m.

Fifth place (new gym): (6) Mooresville vs. (5) Hickory Ridge, 11:30 a.m.

Third place (new gym): (4) N. Meck vs. (2) Mallard Creek, 4 p.m.

Championship (new gym): (3) Lake Norman Charter vs. (1) Hopewell, 7 p.m.




Friday, Dec. 27

Game 1: (6) York (S.C.) 76, (3) E. Gaston 72

Game 2: (4) Mallard Creek 64, (5) Garinger 58

Game 3: (7) Mooresville 73, (2) Lake Norman Charter 70

Game 4: (1) E. Lincoln 83, (8) Hopewell 71


Saturday, Dec. 28

Game 5: (5) Garinger 64, (8) Hopewell 62

Game 6: (3) E. Gaston 72, (2) Lake Norman Charter 51

Game 7: (7) Mooresville 84, (6) York (S.C.) 76

Game 8: (1) E. Lincoln 81, (4) Mallard Creek 62


Monday, Dec. 30

Seventh place: (new gym): (8) Hopewell vs. (2) Lake Norman Charter, 1 p.m.

Fifth place: (new gym): (5) Garinger vs. (3) E. Gaston, 2:30 p.m.

Third place (new gym): (6) York (S.C.) vs. (4) Mallard Creek, 5:30 p.m.

Championship (new gym): (7) Mooresville vs. (1) E. Lincoln, 8:30 p.m.

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