DENVER – East Lincoln’s Sidney Dollar has been announced as the District 10 Boys Player of the Year by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association.
Dollar, a senior wing who has committed to play collegiately at Lees-McRae College, was a Swiss army knife on the court for the Mustangs this season. In his final season donning the green and orange of East Lincoln, Dollar averaged a career-best 18.7 points to go with 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Dollar also set the tone for the Mustangs on defense, leading the team with averages of 2.6 steals and 1.0 block per game.
Dollar saved what may have been his most impressive performance as a Mustang for his final home game against East Rutherford in the fourth round of this year’s 2A state playoffs. On that night Dollar poured in 35 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and dished out 6 assists in leading the Mustangs to a come-from-behind victory that he capped with an emphatic dunk that sent the East Lincoln faithful into a frenzy.
Dollar helped lead the Mustangs to a 29-3 record as a senior, which set the program record for wins in a single season and included a South Fork 2A conference championship en route to playing in the 2A West Regional Final.
Lincoln Charter senior Jackson Gabriel, who will join Dollar at Lees-McRae next year, also joins Dollar on the All-District 10 First Team.
Gabriel stepped to the forefront for the Eagles as a senior, leading the team in scoring at 20.3 points per game and assists, with an average of 5.5 per game. Gabriel also contributed 6 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in his final season at Lincoln Charter.
While Dollar saved his most noteworthy performance for his final home game, Gabriel gave Eagles fans one final parting memory on Senior Night, when he drilled 11 3-pointers en route to 42 points in a victory over Cherryville. Gabriel’s outstanding display of marksmanship that night left him just two 3-pointers shy of the all-time state record for made 3s in a career, which he broke later that same week when he buried his 449th career shot from beyond the arc.
Gabriel’s prolific shooting numbers weren’t inflated by a ridiculous amount of attempts either, as he never shot worse than 45 percent from 3 during his four years at Lincoln Charter and posted a career-best mark of 52 percent on 273 attempts as a senior.
Gabriel played an important role on Lincoln Charter’s 2017 team that won the 1A State Championship, and he helped guide the Eagles to four consecutive Southern Piedmont 1A conference championships during his career.
East Lincoln junior big man Justin Kuthan, who led the Mustangs in scoring with an average of 21.5 points per game, was named to the All-District 10 Second Team. Fellow Mustang Brianna Tadlock, who led the East Lincoln girls team in scoring, assists, steals and blocks this season, was the only female hooper from the area named to one of the All-District teams with her inclusion on the District 10 Second Team.