DENVER – The Mustangs sprinted out of the gates last week with two impressive victories over quality opponents.
East Lincoln opened the season Nov. 30 when they traveled to North Gaston and beat the Wildcats, 71-43. The Mustangs scored the game’s first 13 points and never looked back as they coasted to the finish line behind junior forward Justin Kuthan, who led all scorers with 19 points while also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.
The Mustangs then picked up their second victory of the season on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 3, when they defended their home court with an 81-53 drubbing of the Statesville Greyhounds. Kuthan once again led the Mustangs with a 32-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Sidney Dollar, John Bean and Allden Horne scored in double figures as well. Senior Ben Zirkle led the team with 13 assists in the victory.
Lincoln Charter boys suffer first loss
KINGS MOUNTAIN – The Lincoln Charter Eagles saw their five-game winning streak snapped Saturday, Dec. 1, at the hands of Tri-City Christian. The Eagles had won each of their first five games to start the season, scoring at least 95 points in four of those five victories.
Lincoln Charter led most of the way in their loss to Tri-City Christian, but faltered at the end to lose by a final score of 71-60. Senior guard Jackson Gabriel, who officially committed to Lees-McRae Dec. 3, led the way with 29 points in defeat, while classmate Levontae Knox chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Tank Fricker cleaned up the glass for Lincoln Charter, snagging 15 rebounds in the losing effort.
SouthLake Christian wrestlers claim first place in Hampton Tuttle Invitational
LENOIR – SouthLake Christian wrestlers Justyn Black and Tristan Black were each victorious in their respective weight classes at the Hampton Tuttle Invitational Dec. 1.
Justyn Black, a sophomore, took first place in the 132-pound weight class by defeating Clay Beach of Freedom High School, who placed in the 3A state tournament last year. Justyn Black was voted the most outstanding wrestler of the tournament by the attending coaches.
Tristan Black, a senior, breezed through the 126-pound weight class spending less than seven minutes on the mat between three matches. Tristan Black won his first match in less than 20 seconds, and claimed victory in the tournament by pinning his final opponent in just 34 seconds.