With an under the weather Austin Mecca, the Manitowoc Lincoln boys basketball team was defeated by host Green Bay Southwest 72-56 in both teams’ Fox River Classic Conference opener.
Mecca, who didn’t start due to an illness, still had plenty of impact as he scored a team-high 24 points.
The Trojans (3-0) took control of the game early, jumping out to a 5-0 lead before Mecca got the Ships (2-3) on the board, the teams’ lone field goal of the frame. Southwest held a 16-5 lead after the first quarter.
Lincoln was unable to get much going offensively to start the game, with Mecca and teammate Jake Rohrer combining for all of the Ships’ first-quarter points.
Southwest continued to set the pace in the second quarter, while Rohrer battled to keep Lincoln in the game by fighting for every rebound and loose ball. Offensively, the duo of Mecca and Rohrer combined for all but one of the Ships’ first-half points as they fell behind 41-23 at the half.
Lincoln shot 1-for-23 if you negate Mecca’s scoring in the half, which needed more help from the rest of the team to compete against a tough team like the Trojans, according to Lincoln coach Brian Gallagher.
The Ships rallied to trim the lead to 10 points, but Southwest responded by extending the lead to 53-36 at the end of the third quarter.
Mecca, who fouled out late in the fourth quarter, scored more than his season average of around 14 but the Trojans featured four players in double figures to evenly distribute the offense and never let the Ships focus on anyone player.
Lincoln hosts Green Bay East on Friday in the FRCC home opener for the Ships.
Complete stats for this game were not provided to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.