If there is a perfect time to get hot, this would be the time to do it. Lincoln High's boys basketball team is finding that out after winning five of their past six games, including the 92-86 double overtime win at second ranked Omaha Central Saturday night.
The Links started out at pre-season rated No. 2 in our Union Bank top ten, but dropped off the radar screen after the Heartland Conference Tournament. Since then, they've gone 5-2, with losses to Bellevue East and Lincoln Northeast. Dylan Flinn has been one of the more dominating players close to the basket and has provided a much needed spark for Lincoln High. The same can be said for fellow Links like Michael Partee, Tobin Reinwald and sharpshooter Pete Uhing.
Head Coach Russ Uhing had teams in the past start to heat up in January and take charge in February. Perhaps, this group of Links can do the same thing. They will be tested again coming up on Friday night, when they host Lincoln Southeast, a team that beat Lincoln High 75-50 for third place in the HAC tourney.
As you know by now, Lincoln Northeast's Tommy Johnson has been labeled a clutch man. The 5-10 junior guard pulled himself away from a tie up and shot the ball five feet from the basket and made it while hitting the floor with five seconds left to give the Rockets a 48-46 win at Pius X last Friday.
Johnson's shot came after Pius X denied the ball to Dol Kutey, who was expected to take the final shot. Two Pius X players, Trevor Johnson and Jack Burt, tied up Johnson and he used his strength to break free from a jump ball call.
After the shot went in, you would have thought Northeast won their 13th state championship the way the student section erupted.
While we're talking about the LNE/Pius X game, I want to make a correction on my behalf. If you listen to the replay of the game in the Broadcast Archives page, you'll hear me say Erik Gapp is on the floor for Pius X throughout the last part of the game. It wasn't him after all, it happened to be Jack Burt wearing Gapp' jersey. Burt suffered a bloody nose in the game and had to put on a new jersey in order to play.
Southeast girls top Iowa's best
A down to the wire game ended up in Lincoln Southeast's favor last Saturday. The Lady Knights picked up a 70-68 double overtime win over Iowa's top ranked team in 2A Sioux City North.
KK Houser with one of her best performances in her Southeast career, scored 28 points and the game winning shot. Marissa Kastanek scored 14 points in the win, after leading the Knights to a 68-40 win over defending Class B champ South Sioux City.
We'll see at the end of the season, to see if they're considered the best high school girls basketball team in state history. They're on that fast track right now.