MIDDLE POINT — Lincolnview wants to get out in transition as much as possible.
In Friday’s Northwest Conference boys basketball matchup with visiting Allen East, the Lancers got out quickly and then shifted to overdrive in the second half, en route to a convincing 86-48 victory over the Mustangs.
After a tightly-contested first quarter in which Lincolnview led 19-16 at the first stop, the Lancers then did what it does best – get out in transition.
Creed Jessee led Lincolnview (9-2, 3-0 NWC) and all scorers with 26 points, including two 3-pointers. Jessee, a 6-2 senior forward, also had 13 rebounds and four assists.
Jessee had plenty of help.
Collin Overholt scored 16 points and made five steals at the defensive end. Aaron Cavinder had 15 points, including three 3-pointers. Clayton Leeth had nine points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals for the Lancers.
“That’s what we do best. That’s what we want our guys to do – get out and run,” Lincolnview head coach Brett Hammons said. “I thought we did a phenomenal job with that, and got some easy baskets. When you’re getting layups, it gets you going a little bit.”
Garrett Newland led Allen East (8-5, 1-3 NWC) with 19 points, six rebounds and two steals. Keaton Miller had 10 points, including two 3-pointers for the Mustangs.
Lincolnview opened the game on a strong note.
Leeth nailed a 3-pointer to jump-start the Lancers.
Lincolnview held the slim 3-point advantage at the first stop.
Allen East was 7 of 11 shooting from the field in the first eight minutes. Lincolnview was 7 of 16 shooting.
Cavinder scored six first-quarter points on two 3-pointers. Jessee also had six points for Lincolnview.
Newland scored seven first-quarter points for the Mustangs.
Lincolnview picked it up a notch in the second quarter, and went on an 11-2 run to open the second.
At the 4:41 mark of the second quarter, Leeth scored inside to push the Lincolnview lead to 12, 30-18.
The Lancers kept pushing the tempo, as a few Allen East turnovers quickly turned into fast-break baskets for Lincolnview.
Allen East cut the deficit to nine at one juncture, but the Lancers responded and pulled out to a 45-31 halftime lead.
Leeth and Jessee each scored nine points in the first half for Lincolnview.
Newland paced the Mustangs with 15 first-half points.
Lincolnview pushed down on the accelerator in the third.
The Lancers outscored the Mustangs 23-9 in the third quarter and led 68-40 at the third stop.
Jessee poured in 11 third-quarter points to lead the way. The Lancers were 9 of 13 from the field.
“I thought our defense picked it up in the second half,” Hammons said. “We gave up 31 in the first half, and we weren’t really pleased with that. We challenged them in the locker room; and I thought we came out and made things a lot more difficult and contested more shots. I thought we got into the passing lanes more, and got some easy baskets. I’m so proud of the effort they gave tonight.”
The Lancers did not let up on the gas pedal.
Lincolnview opened the final stanza on a 14-2 run, and led 82-42 midway through.
Hammons was pleased at the balance of his team on Friday.
“That’s the one nice thing about our team – we’re balanced,” he said. “We almost had five guys in double figures. When we’re balanced, we can be tough to guard. They all do so many different things, so well. I’m just proud at the way they executed tonight.”
Lincolnview committed 15 turnovers, while Allen East turned it over 21 times on the night.
The taller Lancers controlled the boards, 40-27.
For the game, Allen East shot 41 percent from the field. Lincolnview connected on 56 percent of its field goal attempts.
“I think what hurt us a little bit, was that we didn’t shoot that great from the outside,” Hammons said. “But I thought we did a good job of getting to the hoop. I’m proud of the effort and proud at the way we shared the ball. I’m sure we had a lot of assists tonight. That shows the unselfishness of this team.”
Allen East was without the services of senior Tyler Clum, who is out the rest of the season with a knee injury.
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