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02/15/2009 - From the Press Box: Lincoln teams handle Omaha Metro talent

Jeff Motz

I can't refrain from saying this anymore.  Lincoln boys basketball has a slight advantage on Omaha's Metro Conference.


Simple.  Of the Omaha teams I've seen play this year, most of them fall victim to what the Lincoln schools have.  The one thing that's been a big difference is how many of the Capital City schools have played team basketball.  It was evident Saturday night, when Bellevue West got a quick start on Lincoln Southwest and the Silver Hawks used their team chemistry to come back and hold off the Thunderbirds.

The only Omaha team that is playing team basketball and at the right time is Creighton Prep.  Without 6-8 senior center John Karhoff, the Junior Jays have been able to bounce back and win some quality games.  Caleb Steffensmeier has become a huge part of their offense and the team's leading scorer.  The inside guys, Brett Potter and Nick Davis, have done well in filling the void left by Karhoff.

Prep proved just how good they are from a team aspect, when they beat Southeast here in Lincoln and North Star up at the Birdcage.  They might be, for now, the best team in the metro.

So, you're probably wondering why Omaha Central isn't number two?  I'm fully convinced that the loss to Lincoln High in Omaha wasn't a fluke, like some people might think.

Lincoln East's win Saturday night over Central is living proof that the three-time defending champs just might have to slip a notch out of the two-spot and are vulnerable like everyone else is this year.  Nothing against Coach Eric Behrens or the players at Central, just the simple fact that the diehard Central faithful who ridiculed a message board posting about our top ten after the loss to Lincoln High should realize that the Lincoln teams are for real this year.  

Do I think Central could win out the rest of the way?  You bet.  Traditionally, Central starts to peak around districts.  But for now, they're not the number two team in the state.  Prep could get on a hot streak and go all the way, as could Southwest, Lincoln High, Lincoln East and Norfolk.

Millard North boys basketball coach Chip Bahe said it best at the beginning of the season......whoever wins state will have more than two losses.

Anybody in Class A right now is capable of winning big games and start rolling.

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