Three games in Las Vegas. Three important league wins.
The Lincoln County High School varsity boys basketball team earned wins over Mountain View, Lake Mead and Adelson to take its league record to 7-1.
On Friday, Jan. 11, the boys faced Mountain View Christian Academy and earned a 64-30 win. The next day, the Lynx defeated Lake Mead, 65-43. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, Lincoln defeated Adelson in a tight contest, 69-62.
The Friday game didn’t look promising at first for the Lynx, but Lincoln found its groove and was ahead 16-10 early.
In the second quarter, Kobe Kelley, Dylan Robinson, and Matthew Hafen made some shots from beyond the arc. Noah Smith also did work down low to get a few points.
The team worked hard to build on the lead. They continued to score steadily on their way to a 34-point win.
Kelley had 17 points, Hafen had 16, and Smith dropped 10. Cody Zile had 15 points and four blocks.
Coach Sean FitzSimons said, “It was a good game. Good to get a league win on the road. We took care of business like we thought we would. We got everybody in and worked out some kinks on defense.”
On Saturday, the Lynx were back at it for another win.
Smith, Zile, and Alex Vincent led the first quarter with inside scores. Lake Mead stayed close and ended the first quarter ahead.
The boys continued to play just as strong in the second half. Lake Mead found themselves in foul trouble, and the Lynx came away with 22-point win.
Zile led the scoreboard with 15 points. Smith and Vincent had 14, and Kelley had 11.
FitzSimons said, “This was a big game for us. We put them up there as top three or four in the league. Again, our guys came out, flying around, passing, and after the first quarter we upped the intensity a little bit to get the win.”
The Lynx returned to Las Vegas Tuesday night, Jan. 15, to play Adelson for the second time this season, with the Lynx looking to avenge a one-point loss from their Dec. 4 matchup.
The game was close throughout the first half. The Lynx defense held Adelson down in the third quarter to create a little separation. Adelson gained a few more points in the fourth quarter, but they didn’t get close enough to steal the win from the Lynx, who won by seven.
Zile had 18 points. Hafen scored 15. Smith had 12.
FitzSimons said, “I’m proud of them. Proud of the team effort effort we’ve got going. Everyone’s getting involved and everybody’s just battling. We’re through the first round of league and looking forward to the final push here for the rest of the league games. Seven more. And of course, Virgin Valley and Moapa we threw in there to up the ante a little bit.”
Lincoln plays Virgin Valley at home at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. The next day, Jan. 19, Lincoln travels to Moapa to play at 4:30 p.m.