BY NICK JOHNSON
MIDDLE POINT-The Lincolnvew Lancers welcomed the Allen East Mustangs to Lincolnview High School on Friday night for Northwest Conference boys' basketball action. The Lancers used hot three-point shooting to jump out to an early lead and never lookeden route to a 70-45 victory.
In a first half it seemed like the Lancers couldn't miss from behind the arc. Lincolnview got a three-point play from Justis Dowdy to take an early 3-1 lead. The Mustangs countered quickly with baskets from Tanner Richardson and Marcos Qunitero to take the lead over Lincolnview, 5-3. The Lancers then knocked down four three-pointers, two from Kyle Williams, one from Kade Carey and the final one from Mark Evans to make the first period score 19-8, Lancers.
Allen East got two foul shots from Matt Shuey to cut the Lincolnview lead to 19-10 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second period, the Lancers got three-pointers from Evans and Williams, and a layup from Carey to give Lincolnview a 27-10 lead. The Mustangs got four straight points from Clay Plaugher to chip away at the Lancers lead and make the score 27-14.
Carey knocked down another three-pointer and Evans added two more three-pointers, as the Lancers built the lead up to 40-19 in the second stanza.
Allen East got two points from Shuey and two points from Tyler Friesner to make the score going into the half 40-23, Lincolnview.
The Mustangs got their first nine points of the second half from Richardson, but it was not enough as the Lancers countered with eight points from Carey to extend to 56-34 at the end of the third period.
Allen East got back-to-back layups from Shuey to cut the Lancer lead to 61-40, but Dowdy drained a three-pointer to push the Lincolnview lead back up to 24 points.
The Lancers and the Mustangs exchanged foul shots at the end of the game, as Angelo Katalenas nailed a free throw for Lincolnview and Tanner Stippich knocked down a free throw for Allen East to make the final score 70-45, Lancers.
Carey led the Lancers with a game high 22. Williams with 13 points, Evans added 14 points and Dowdy had 12.
Richardson led Allen East with 13 points, Plaugher added 12 points and Shuey had 11.
"I thought the would be ready coming into the game. Allen east has had they have played a lot of close games. I thought our kids came out and played hard. we can go over Xs and Os all day but we need to come out and make shots. The way we came out and made shots helped us the whole game. I told the guys it was our five seniors' last game here and it was good to get them out on the floor and let them end their career at home with a win," said Lancers coach Brett Hammons.
"They came out smoking. We know three of those kid, they were on our radar, we know they could shoot the basketball. Our big concern was obliviously Williams, I think he is one of the best guards in the league. We gave up 11 points to him right away then held him to two points the rest of the game, so very proud of Marcus Qunitero. They had nine three-pointers at the half not much you can do, they were pumped up for their last home game," said Allen East coach Rick Sherrick.
Lincolnview improved its record to 9-13 overall and 5-4 in the NWC. The Mustangs finished the season with a 3-17 record overall and a 0-9 record in the NWC.
Lincolnview (FG, FT, 3PT)
Nick Leeth 1-5 2-2 0-0 4, Kade Carey 8-12 0-1 2-5 22, Angelo Katalenas 0-0 1-3 0-0 1, Kyle Williams 2-3 0-0 3-7 13, Mark Evans 0-2 2-2 4-6 14, Justis Dowdy 2-3 2-3 2-3 12, Conner McCleery 2-4 0-2 0-0 4, Eli Farmer 0-0 0-0 0-1 0, Brooks Ludwig 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Totals: 15-30, 7-13, 11-21, 70
Allen East (FG, FT, 3PT)
Marcus Qunitero 1-1 0-0 0-3 2, Tyler Friesner 0-2 2-5 0-1 2, Travis Wireman 0-0 0-0 0-1 0, Logan Rex 2-3 0-0 0-0 4, Matt Shuey 4-9 3-5 0-1 11, Tanner Stippich 0-0 1-2 0-1 1, Bryden Davis 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Clay Plaugher 1-2 4-4 2-5 12, Jacob Sherrick 0-1 0-2 0-1 0, Tanner Richardson 6-12 1-3 0-0 13, Totals: 14-31, 11-21, 2-13, 45