The Manitowoc Lincoln boys basketball team allowed Milwaukee Hamilton to open the game on a 14-0 run and couldn’t recover in a 76-52 non-conference loss at the Terry Porter Classic in Milwaukee.
Hamilton (5-0), which was ranked No. 6 in the WisSports.net/WBCA Coaches Week 1 Poll, allowed Lincoln (2-2) to see open looks at the basket early, but the shots were not sinking for the Ships. It took Lincoln, which last played on Nov. 24 in a 60-38 road win over Two Rivers, four minutes to score its first basket.
After making it 17-2, Hamilton allowed Lincoln to get within six points at 19-13, but that would be as close as the Ships would get the rest of the way, entering halftime trailing 43-29 and entering the third quarter down 56-41.
Austin Mecca, who entered the game averaging 14.5 points per game, was held scoreless in the first half as he got into foul trouble early and sat out much of the second quarter with three fouls on him.
Mecca finished with a team-high 13 points while teammate Patrick Johnson added 10. The pair were the only Lincoln players to reach double digits.
Hamilton outrebounded Lincoln 34-20 while the Ships committed 17 turnovers to Hamilton’s nine.
Complete individual and team statistics were not submitted to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.