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Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 boys countdown: No. 15 East Lincoln

East Lincoln’s boys are No. 15 in the Charlotte Observer preseason Sweet 16 basketball poll
East Lincoln’s boys are No. 15 in the Charlotte Observer preseason Sweet 16 basketball poll

NO. 15 EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS

Head Coach: Jonathan Hancock (1st year as East Lincoln basketball coach)

Coaching Career Record: 324-233.

2016-17 Record: 19-9 (11-3 in the Southern District 7 (SD7)).

2017-18 Conference: South Fork 2A Conference (new).

Returning Starters (4): Colson Leach, Sr., G (6-2); Sidney Dollar, Jr., G (6-4); John Bean, Jr., F (6-2); Alden Horne, Jr., G (6-2).

Other Key Returnees: Christian Parks, Sr., F (6-3).

Key Newcomers: Kabian McClendon, Sr., F (6-5) (West Lincoln transfer).

Outlook: Former Mallard Creek coach, reigning MECKA 4A conference coach of the year, Jonathan Hancock, takes over an East Lincoln team that has averaged 23 wins over the last five seasons. Hancock inherits an experienced Mustang squad with four starters back, led by senior, Leach (17 ppg), and juniors in Dollar (11 ppg), Bean (8 ppg) and Horne (7 ppg). Add in 6-foot-5, West Lincoln transfer, Kabian McClendon (20 ppg, 10 rpg) and you have an East Lincoln that expects to win the South Fork 2A conference and make another playoff run (advanced to the 3rd round last year).

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--JAY EDWARDS

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