Austin Mecca tied a season-high with 29 points but it wasn’t enough as the Manitowoc Lincoln boys basketball team fell to host Sheboygan South on Tuesday 66-62.
Mecca dominated inside, scoring all of the Ships’ fourth-quarter points, but the end result was another narrow loss by Lincoln.
Mecca book-ended the scoring in the first quarter, scoring on a a pair of lay-ins to start and end the quarter as the Redwings kept pace the whole way.
The opening frame came to a close with Lincoln leading South 17-15 after Mecca’s last-second basket.
In between Mecca’s buckets, Kyle Hoffman kept possessions alive for Lincoln seemingly every trip and led the Ships with six points after one.
South hit a couple of 3-pointers to jump start its offense with Mecca and teammate Jake Rohrer controlling the game inside the paint.
Rohrer got going offensively in the second quarter and helped Lincoln get out to a 28-23 lead with 1:53 left in the frame.
The game appeared to be deadlocked heading into halftime but Hoffman hit a 3-pointer just before the half to give the Ships a 33-30 advantage entering the break.
Lincoln’s offense was well-balanced in the first half with Hoffman leading the way with nine points while Mecca and Rohrer were right behind with eight.
Hoffman wouldn’t score the rest of the game while Rohrer added four points more to finish with 12 points to join Mecca in double figures.
The Ships normally rely heavily on the 3-pointer while the duo of Mecca and Rohrer handle the dirty work, yet Hoffman — normally one of Lincoln’s top sharpshooters — made his presence felt inside with most of his scoring coming near the basket.
South battled back after trailing by as many as five on several occasions to lead briefly at 39-37 with under four minutes to go in the third quarter.
Mecca’s fifth basketball of the game knotted the game up again before the Redwings closed the quarter on a 5-2 run as the Ships faced a 44-41 deficit after three.
Mecca got the score level at 44-44 to start the fourth quarter. South hit yet another 3-pointer on the next possession before Mecca tied the game once again with a an old-fashioned 3-point play.
Lincoln trailed 54-50 with just less than five minutes remaining but Mecca continued to be the only Ships player to score in the quarter before giving the Ships a 55-54 lead.
The Redwings began another quick run and led 60-55 with 2:26 left in the game. Lincoln trailed by one with just less than 30 seconds left and sent South’s Matt Schroeder to the line, who converted both to make it a three-point game.
Patrick Johnson nailed a big 3-pointer to get the Ships within 64-62 with eight seconds remaining. Lincoln fouled the Redwings on the ensuing inbounds and made the corresponding free throws with the Ships over the limit to ice the game.
Complete results for this game including individual scoring were not submitted as of press deadline.
Brillion 42, Manitowoc Lutheran 40
The Lancers trailed 18-13 at halftime and were unable to complete the comeback in the home loss.
Jared Muench scored a game-high 15 points including three 3-pointers to lead Lutheran offensively while teammate Ethan Hillmer added nine of his own.
Zach Jensen 6, Eric Kittel 6, Tyler Koerth 10, Tyler Olp 6, Jared Orth 10.
Ethan Hillmer 9, Peter Menges 2, David Menk 3, Jared Muench 15, Adam Schwede 6, Kyle Staudt 5.
3-Point Goals – Manitowoc Lutheran 5 (Ethan Hillmer 1, Jared Muench 3, Kyle Staudt 1), Total Fouls – Brillion 10, Manitowoc Lutheran 10, Free throws – Brillion 4-6, Manitowoc Lutheran 5-9
Wrightstown 77, Reedsville 43
The host Panthers trailed by five after the first quarter but were undone in the second as Wrightstown outscored Reedsville 22-4 in the home loss.
Brett Dvorachek scored a team-high 11 to lead the Panthers while teammates Brock Gilsdorf and Cody Schamburek added nine each.
Alex Chosa 6, Doug Fabry 15, Brandon Kahler 4, Evan Kahler 7, Eric Klister 4, Brandon Kroes 7, Nathan Larson 5, Cody Van Rossum 6, Cole VanSchyndel 23.
Brett Dvorachek 11, Brock Gilsdorf 9, Bryce Hassemer 2, AJ Hynek 6, Bryler Kiekhaefer 1, Cody Schamburek 9, Connor Sebo 2, Bryce Wenzel 3.
3-Point Goals – Wrightstown 7 (Evan Kahler 1, Brandon Kroes 2, Cole VanSchyndel 1), Reedsville 3 (Brett Dvorachek 1, Brock Gilsdorf 1, Cody Schamburek 1), Total Fouls – Wrightstown 11, Reedsville 14, Free throws – Wrightstown 8-11, Reedsville 8-11.
Roncalli 86, Valders 42
The visiting Vikings led 13-10 after the first quarter but were outscored 76-29 the rest of the way.
The Jets outscored the Vikings 26-9 in the second quarter to lead 36-22 at halftime and never looked back.
Complete results for this game including individual scoring were not provided to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.
St. Mary Central 69, Mishicot 59
The visiting Indians got a game-high 23 points from Derek Hlinak but it wasn’t enough in the road loss
Mishicot trailed 37-31 at halftime and 48-46 after the third quarter but the Zephyrs outscored the Indians by eight in the final frame.
Hlinak was joined in double figures by teammate Bryan Willman.
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Dakota Geiger 4, Derek Hlinak 23, Chris Kornelly 18, Jon Peterson 4, Bryan Willman 10. Totals 9-14 59.
St. Mary Central
Cameron Butler 16, Michael Daniels 5, Andrew Griffin 8, Zachary Hoheisel 15, Connor Schodorf 9, Richard Vanden Branden 10, Seth Wallace 6. Totals 6-10 69.
3-Point Goals – Mishicot Middle/ 6 (Derek Hlinak 4, Bryan Willman 2), St. Mary Central 9 (Cameron Butler 4, Zachary Hoheisel 1, Richard Vanden Branden 2, Seth Wallace 2), Total Fouls – Mishicot 14, St. Mary Central 16.