Panthers win Sterlington Shootout

Stephen Burks III (3) is pictured putting up a shot for the Lincoln Prep Panthers. (Photo by TONY VALENTINO)

By T. Scott Boatright

STERLINGTON — It took double overtime to pull off a tournament championship as the Lincoln Preparatory School boys basketball team outlasted the host team Wednesday night with a 64-63 championship game win at the Sterlington Panthers Shootout.

The tournament was played at Ouachita Christian after the Sterlington gym received water damage after frozen pipes burst during the recent Arctic cold blast that brought some of the lowest temperatures north Louisiana has seen in years.

Sterlington started strong, building a 20-9 advantage over Lincoln Prep by the end of the opening stanza.

But the Panthers roared back in the second quarter, outscoring Sterlington 22-9 to lead 31-29 at intermission.

Sterlington outscored the visitors 11-6 in the third quarter but Lincoln Prep again battled back in the fourth to push the game in overtime.

Both teams came out cold in the first extra stanza, with each scoring five points to push the contest to a second overtime period tied at 54-54.

Lincoln Prep then outscored Sterlington 10-9 in a faster-paced second OT period to escape with the win.

“We went through some early adversity and overcame it, and that was good to see,” said Lincoln Prep coach Antonio Hudson. “The team kept working and kept fighting.

“But still, at the end of the game, we were making the kinds of mental mistakes that will make it hard to win on down the road if we continue making those mistakes we made. That’s something we’ve got to clean up.”

Bralyn Mayfield doubled-doubled, leading the Panthers with 19 points while adding 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal and a blocked shot while Brandon Heard chipped in with 18 points, seven assists, two boards and a steal for Lincoln Prep.

Lincoln Prep’s Kobe Mack also recorded a double-double, totaling 10 points, 15 rebounds, one assist and one steals while Trey Spann added 11 points, six rebounds and two steals for the Panthers, who now stand at 8-3.

“We started the season pretty rough as our football guys were still working their way into basketball shape,” Hudson said. “We’ve been playing better here recently, but we still have a long ways to go to be where we want to be byFebruary

The Panthers, winners  of six straight games, will next play D’Arbonne Woods (1-9) on Tuesday.

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LINCOLN PREP 52, OAK GROVE 31 (BOYS)

STERLINGTON — Senior Bralyn Mayfield poured in 17 points to lead the way for Lincoln Prep on Tuesday as the Panthers pounded Oak Grove on the first day of the Sterington Shootout held at OCS.

Mayfield added six rebounds a pair of assists and a steal to his stat totals in that win while Kobe Mack chipped in with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and one assist for the Panthers, who also received eight points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists from Stephen Burks, III along with six points and six steals from Amarjae Young.

Lincoln Prep’s Trey Spann hit for five points, four steals, three assists and two boards while Brandon Heard chipped in with four points, four steals and four assists.

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LINCOLN PREP 60, UNION PARISH 54 (BOYS)

FARMERVILLE — Lincoln Prep began the holidays by going on the road and bringing home a win over Union Parish on Dec. 23.

The Class 1A Panthers built a 30-23 advantage by halftime and then held on for the win against Union, a Class 3A program.

Bralyn Mayfield  and Brandon Heard each double-doubled for the Panthers, with Mayfield totaling 21 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two assists while Heard added 18 points, 10 assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Kobe Mack chipped in with eight points, 10 boards and a steal for the Panthers, who also got seven points, six rebounds, a pair of steals, a blocked shot and an assist from Trey Spann.