The Lincoln County High boys basketball team hosted the Mountain View Saints in Panaca on Friday, Jan. 31, losing 56-49. Mountain View opened the game with a 4-0 lead prior to McClain O’Connor hitting a three point shot and following up with a two pointer from the floor to move the Lynx into a 5-4 lead.
Chris Florence added two more for the Lynx but Lincoln would give back the lead after Mountain View junior guard Connor LeBoeuf hit four consecutive shots from the free throw line. The Saints would finish the first period with a 13-9 lead over the Lynx.
By the 1:22 mark in the second period the Saints had extended their lead to ten points. Kevin Jacques hit two from the line after being fouled and Derek Shumway knocked down a three point shot to end the half and take the Lynx into the locker room trailing by five points.
In third period, the Saints outscored the Lynx 9-6 to extend their lead to eight points. Chris Florence opened the fourth period by stealing the ball and breaking for a layup. He was fouled on the shot, which was good, and added one from the line to complete the three point play. Mike Wood hit a three pointer from above the top of the key with 4:44 to close the Saints lead to 43-41.
Mountain View extended their lead to six, but Preston Robbins hit a three pointer from the left side, Zach Schinkle put in a layup, and McClain O’Connor was fouled on a layup and completed the three point play from the line to tie the score at 49 with 1:26 on the clock.
The Lynx gave up seven points on fouls in the final minute to finish the game with a 56-49 win by the Mountain View Saints over the Lynx. McClain O’Connor had 12 points in the Lincoln effort while Connor LeBoeur racked up 26 for the Saints.
The second game of the weekend found the Lynx hosting the league-leading Agassi Prep Stars on Saturday, Feb. 1. Agassi jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first period, and extended the lead to 20 points when Lincoln Coach Matt Cameron was called for a technical foul with 18 second remaining in the first half. The shots on the technical foul were missed but Agassi took a 38-18 lead into halftime. Lincoln continued to fight and attempted a comeback in the second half and after two consecutive three point shots by O’Connor and a layup by Robbins the Lynx had closed the score to 46-34 with 2:14 remaining in the third period.
Agassi rebounded and added another six points to finish the period with a score of 52-34. Lincoln was unable to overcome the scoring of Agassi who would continue to lead through the fourth period and who would win the game with a score of 76-49. With the win, Agassi remains undefeated and at the top of the Division III Southern League.