By DAVID KEEVER
Lincolnton’s boys basketball team rebounded from last week’s loss to rival East Lincoln with a 50-42 win over the Bandys Trojans Tuesday night at Lincolnton.
Will Saine poured in 17 points for the Wolves, and Quinlyn Harris added 11 as Lincolnton improved to 5-4 overall, and 2-1 in the Southern District 7 2A Conference.
With both teams struggling to put points on the board in the first half, the Wolves picked up the intensity at the start of the third quarter.
Colby Pridmore’s back-to-back buckets in the first two minutes of the second half extended Lincolnton’s lead to double digits at 27-17, and the Wolves were able to maintain the lead at the end of the period.
But the Trojans didn’t go away quietly. Jelani Culliver helped Bandys go on a 9-0 run to begin the fourth quarter, and close the gap to 39-38.
When Ketawan Ingram’s basket extended the Lincolnton lead to 41-38 at the 2:47 mark, it was the Wolves’ first points in over five minutes.
Lincolnton was able to hold on down the stretch, aided by a key 3-pointer by Harris with two minutes to play, and secure the victory.
“It was important,” Lincolnton head coach Bob Cowie said of the win. “We know the difficulty of our conference, and we needed that one.”
When asked about his team coming out with more intensity to start the second half, the coach said, “We just talked about doing things that we preach about every day. We did none of those things in the first half.”
The Wolves outscored the Trojans from the free throw line 12-6. In fact, Lincolnton connected on 12 of 13 attempts from the charity stripe, while Bandys made only 6 of 17.
“We talked about winning three things tonight,” said Cowie. “Free throws, rebounds and turnovers. I think we won all three.”
The Trojans fell to 5-7, 0-3 in conference play.
Lincolnton travels to North Gaston tonight for a non-conference matchup, and will be on the road again on Friday when it visits Bunker Hill.
The Trojans continued their torrid run to an undefeated season by routing the Wolves.
Ace Easter led all scorers with 22 points and Madi Story added 15 as Bandys (12-0, 3-0) opened a 28-2 lead in the first quarter and never let up.
Saylor Whitesides’ 11 points led Lincolnton (5-4, 2-1), which dropped its first league game.