5Like the girls team, Lincoln County’s boys basketball team also had to open up league play early this season last weekend, and went 1-1.

Last Friday, at Lake Mead, McClain O’Connor and Mike Wood scored 11 points apiece to lead the Lynx in a close 39-35 win over the Eagles.

Derek Shumway added seven points for Lincoln County, which led 22-13 at halftime.

Trey Vetter scored 18 points to lead Lake Mead.

Lynx coach Matt Cameron said the team played well defensively, but struggled offensively. “At the line we were 8-for-16 (50 percent) and only shot about 35 percent from the floor, which made it a closer game. We just missed a lot of shots.”

The second game of the weekend, at Mountain View, was very disappointing Cameron said, as free throws were the culprit. The Saints Tevin Gray went 9-for-9 from the free-throw line in overtime and finished with 28 points to lead the Saints past Lincoln 71-60. In all, Gray was 15-for-15 on the night.

Connor LeBoeuf added 27 points for Mountain View, which made 24 of 28 free throws (86 percent) in the game.

Mike Wood had 19 points to lead Lincoln County. The Lynx missed four free throws in the final 20 seconds of regulation with the game tied, including two with 1.8 seconds left. Derek Shumway added 15 points, and McClain O’Connor scored 13 for the Lynx.
“Our defense was fine, although we did get into early foul trouble against their guards who like to attack the basket,” said Cameron. “It just came down to free throws. We were 9-for 19 (47 percent). It makes a difference.”

Lincoln (3-3) played at Alamo on Wednesday this week. Two more league games follow this weekend with Calvary Chapel (2-3) and The Meadows (4-1) coming to Panaca.

Cameron said Meadows is a solid team with size inside and outside shooters. “A well rounded team. Both games are going to be tough for us.”