Boys Basketball

Kestrel Heights falls to Lincoln Charter, 97-75

Posted March 11

Javier Rogers (C) (1) of Kestrel Heights. Kestrel Heights met Lincoln Charter High School for the 2017 NCHSAA Basketball State Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday, March 11. Lincoln Charter proved to be too much for the Kestrel Heights Hawks, winning the 1A Men's State Championship title with a final score of 97-75. (Photo By: Lexi Baird / HighSchoolOt.com)

— The Lincoln Charter Eagles claimed the school’s first championship as they blew past Kestrel Heights 97-75. The Eagles stretched a three-point advantage out to a 12-point halftime lead, outscoring the Hawks 24-15 in the second quarter and steadily grew the lead from there in the second half.

After exchanging the lead five times in the first quarter, the Hawks went cold from the field after they built a four-point lead with 2:47 to go in the opening quarter. London England knocked down a three to cut the lead to one and then the next trip down the floor, the Eagles got a three-point bomb from Kody Shubert to take the lead back. They never gave it back.

Shubert was named the Charlie Adams Most Valuable Player of the game, scoring 25 points and grabbing six rebounds while dishing out six assists with a block and a steal. The Eagles also got an outstanding performance from England who was named Lincoln Charter’s Most Outstanding Player of the game for his 19 point, and seven rebound performance.

Other Eagles in double figures included Jackson Gabriel who scored 19 points with a pair of assists and three steals. Levontae Knox added 15 points with a team-high nine rebounds while Jehlon Johnson scored ten with five boards.

Kestrel Heights was paced by Javier Rogers who scored 31 points while grabbing five rebounds and a steal on the afternoon. The Hawks finished the season 31-2 and were 18-0 in the North Central Athletic 1A Conference where they were the champions. This was the school’s first Regional Championship in Men’s Basketball and first appearance in a State Title game.

Lincoln Charter ended the season 30-4 on the year and 15-1 in the Southern Piedmont 1A where they were the champions. The Eagles won their first regional title this season in three tries. The Eagles claimed the school’s first state championship in their first title game appearance.

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