By RYAN HERMAN
After eight minutes of play Friday East Lincoln and Lincolnton were neck-and-neck. But the next 24 were all Mustangs.
Sage Surratt scored 25 points and Chazz Surratt added 23 points and 10 rebounds and East Lincoln separated itself from the Wolves as soon as the second quarter began to win 93-40 in a Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference boys basketball game at Lincolnton.
The Mustangs (10-0, 2-0) led Lincolnton 17-15 at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Wolves (4-4, 1-1) 76-25 the rest of the way.
Connor Ashley scored a career-high 10 points and Hayden Duggins added 10 points for East Lincoln, which played all 12 players and all 12 either scored or had a rebound.
Charlie Hills had eight points and eight rebounds and Mason Leach added six assists. The Mustangs held Lincolnton to just under 34 percent shooting (18 for 53) for the game, and 27.5 percent after the first quarter (11 for 40).
Will Saine led the Wolves with 16 points and had the hot hand. The junior hit his first five shots and finished 7 for 9 from the field. Junior Quinlyn Harris, who was averaging 13.4 points per game going in, finished with two points and hit just one of his 14 shots. Alex Rhyne added eight points and Jordon Easter scored seven for Lincolnton.
The Mustangs shot 51.6 percent (33 for 64), including a 10-for-19 effort from Chazz Surratt and a 9-for-16 night for Sage Surratt. They also hit 21 of 26 free throws, and did not miss from the foul line in the second half.
Lincolnton managed to get to the free throw line just nine times, and hit only three of them.
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Saylor Whitesides scored 28 points and the Wolves cruised to an SD-7 win to remain undefeated in conference play.
Mikayla McDowell added 11 points and Kanyia Brown had eight for Lincolnton (5-3, 2-0), which outscored East Lincoln (1-9, 0-2) 19-4 in the first quarter and never looked back.
Lydia Smith scored 13 points and Hannah Moolenaar added eight for the Mustangs, who lost for the ninth straight game.