Wolves top Blue Devils, 88-84, in triple overtime

Less than two weeks after playing in the football playoffs, rivals Maiden and Lincolnton went at it again — this time on the basketball court.

The Wolves held off a fourth quarter rally by the Blue Devils to earn an 88-84 triple overtime victory in Lincolnton.

Lorenzo Carter and Alonzo Moseley scored a combined 67 of the Wolves' 88 points in the game. Carter scored 39, while Moseley added 28 points.

Lincolnton pulled ahead 10-2 early in the contest behind six points from Carter, but Maiden gathered itself and eventually tied the contest at 19-19 before the end of the quarter.

Behind 10 points from Jalen Gibbs and seven points from Jason Gantt in the second quarter, the Blue Devils propelled themselves to a 40-33 halftime lead.

A difficult third quarter put Maiden in a small five-point hole entering the fourth. The Wolves scored 21 points in the quarter, including 11 from Carter.

The Blue Devils trailed by eight points with 6:19 remaining in the game, but continued to whittle down the lead. Missed free throws and turnovers by Lincolnton opened the door late.

With 4.6 seconds remaining in the contest, Maiden trailed by three points, but a miracle three from Caleb Ikard in the corner of the court near the Maiden bench tied the contest at the buzzer.

Both teams endured through three overtimes, where several players fouled out, but the Wolves persevered for the victory.

Leading Maiden was Matt Johnson with 24 points. Gantt added 20 points, while Gibbs scored 16 points.

Lincolnton improves to 1-0, while Maiden falls to 0-1 on the season.

The two teams play again on Friday, when the Blue Devils host the Wolves.