Lincolnview’s Chandler Adams tries a jump shot during the Lancers’ NWC win at Allen East on Friday night. Adams helped get the Lancers off to a fast start with three early points. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
By Nick Johnson
Times Bulletin Correspondent
HARROD - The Lincolnview Lancers traveled to Allen East High School on Friday night for Northwest Conference action in boys basketball against the Allen East Mustangs. The Lancers were able to hold off a fierce comeback from the Mustangs to get their first conference win of the season, claiming a 57-45 victory.
The Lancers started the first period strong jumping out to an 8-3 lead. Lincolnview got three points from both Kyle Williams and Chandler Adams during that run.
Allen East cut into the Lancer lead with a small 6-2 spurt, getting four points from Matt Shuey and a basket from Travis Wireman to cut the Lincolnview lead to 15-11.
Lincolnview got a layup from Logan Miller and a three-pointer from Justis Dowdy to make the score at the end of the first period 20-15, Lancers.
Midway through the second quarter, a Williams three-pointer gave the Lancers a 29-17 lead. The Mustangs then scored five unanswered points to cut the Lincolnview lead back to seven, getting four points from Tyler Friesner.
The Lancers were able to counter the Allen East run with a layup from Conner McCleery and another three-pointer from Williams to go into halftime up 35-24.
The third quarter was by far the best period for the Mustangs as they outscored the Lancers by a 17-11 margin. Allen East got four points from Spencer Miller and seven points, including a three-pointer, from Friesner to make the score 46-41 after the end of three.
With the pressure mounting and the home fans of Allen East starting to make their lives difficult, the Lancers opened the fourth on a tear, getting a free throw from Adams and back-to-back corner threes from Williams to force the Mustangs to use a timeout down 53-41.The Mustangs got a couple of free throws from Tanner Stippich to make the score 53-44, Lancers. After a long, heated possession by the Lancers with the Mustangs playing great defense, Miller slipped by his man and was able to put back the missed shot attempt to push the Lincolnview lead back up to double digits at 55-44.
After both teams exchanged layups the Lancers were able to hold the ball till the clock struck double zero to get the win, 57-46.
"I'm proud of the guys. We came into a tough environment, we had a little bit of a lead and Allen East battled back and we faced some adversity. But our guys battled back, made some stops, and Kyle (Williams) made some huge shots and Conner McCleery played great for us tonight. I'm proud of the kids' effort and that end up showing up on the scoreboard tonight with the win," said Lancer coach Brett Hammons.
"They came back on us and we made some stops. Kyle made some big shots for us. Those back-to-back threes and I told him in the locker room that is what leaders do. He stepped up when we needed it tonight and so did Conner and some other guys - they stepped up and made plays when we need them to. That's really what good teams do: step up and make plays to win the game," finished coach Hammons.
The Lancers got a game-high 25 points from Williams and McCleery chipped in with 12 points while Dowdy added 10 for Lincolnview. The Mustangs had two scorers with double digits on the night: Spencer Miller with 11 points and Frienser with 13.
The Lancers improve their overall record to 2-1 and 1-0 in the NWC. The Mustangs dropped to 1-4 on the year and 0-1 in the NWC.