Austin Mecca and Kyle Hoffman helped the Manitowoc Lincoln boys basketball team shrug off a slow start to cruise past host Green Bay East on Friday 63-44.
Mecca finished with a team-high 18 points while Hoffman added 16, including four 3-pointers. Also for Lincoln, Jake Rohrer added 10.
The Ships were without starter Matt Fischer and key substitute Nick Schroeder, leaving Lincoln with just a 10-man bench. Four different Ships, though, scored in the first quarter as Lincoln spread the ball around looking for weaknesses in the Red Devils’ defense. The frame came to an end with Lincoln leading 9-8.
Mecca began to assert his will inside as Lincoln took an 18-14 lead with 3:23 left in the second quarter.
An East technical sent Hoffman to the line for a pair, which he missed, but he rebounded by hitting back-to-back 3-pointers on consecutive possessions.
Lincoln held a double-digit lead for most of the later stages of the second quarter as Hoffman heated up from deep while Mecca dominated inside. The duo spurned the Ships to a 30-19 halftime lead.
East started the second half on a 7-2 run to cut Lincoln’s lead to 32-26 before Hoffman hit his fourth 3-pointer. The basket led to a quick Ships run to help Lincoln extend its advantage to 43-26 with 2:48 left in the third. The quarter ended with the Ships holding a 47-33 lead.
Lincoln controlled the fourth quarter as Mecca dictated the play inside on both ends of the court before fouling out late.
Complete stats including individual scoring were not submitted to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.
Kiel 64, New Holstein 57
The Raiders overcame a 15-8 deficit after the first quarter and scored no fewer than 16 in any subsequent frame en route to the home victory.
Jacob Winkel paced Kiel with a game-high 25 points while teammate Carter Voelker (13 points) was 8-of-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter and 6-of-7 in the final two minutes to ice the game for the Raiders.
Overall, Kiel was 20-of-28 on free throws.
Jason Brandt 18, Andrew Casper 3, Jacob Daun 2, Parker Lemke 5, Devon Mittnacht 2, Mark Sippel 14, Derek Steffes 3, Michael Voelker 10.
Terren Driscoll 7, Bryce Gannigan 6, Jack Meunier 1, Jordan Meyer 7, Carter Voelker 13, Jacob Winkel 25, Seth Woods 5.
3-Point Goals – New Holstein 5 (Parker Lemke 1, Derek Steffes 1, Michael Voelker 3), Kiel 4 (Terren Driscoll 1, Bryce Gannigan 1, Jordan Meyer 1, Carter Voelker 1), Total Fouls – New Holstein 19 (Parker Lemke 5), Kiel 17.