- CLASS A BOYS STATE BASKETBALL: PREP SHOCKS LINCOLN HIGH AT BUZZER
By Jeff Motz
Lincoln Prep Sports.com
Lincoln----The anticipation of the Lincoln High/Omaha Creighton Prep first round game of the Class A Boys State Basketball Tournament lived up to expectation. It went down to the wire. Prep (20-5) pulled out a buzzer beater from Brett Potter for a 49-47 win over the Links at the Devaney Center Thursday afternoon and a chance to face Lincoln Southeast in the semifinals Friday morning at 10:45.
Lincoln High was down 47-44 with 15 seconds left, with a chance to tie it up and force overtime. Junior forward Tobin Reinwald spotted up for a long three-pointer and sank it from the right wing with under 10 seconds left to tie it up.
Prep's Caleb Steffensmeier then drove the full length of the court and dished off to Potter underneath the basket for a lay up to give the Junior Jays the win. It's the second time in three years at the state tournament that Prep won a first round game at the buzzer.
Lincoln High (14-8) led 42-39 with under four minutes left, when Prep rallied behind baskets from Max Huerter and Taylor Stormberg. Huerter converted on a three-point play to give the Junior Jays a 44-42 lead. Cole Martin scored on a close-range shot and Taylor Stormberg hit the front-end of a one and one to extend the lead to 47-42.
Dylan Flinn scored off a lay-up to pull Lincoln High to within three with less than a minute to go, before the Links set up Reinwald for his game-tying three.
Lincoln High led most of the game before the 4th quarter. After being down 14-13 after the 1st quarter, the Links evened the game at 20 apiece at halftime behind Reinwald's 13 first-half points. He wound up scoring 22 points to lead all scorers.
Lincoln High was without point guard Michael Partee for undisclosed reasons, which forced Richardson to run the point guard spot.
Flinn, the Links' 6-6 junior center, added 16 points in the loss. Cole Martin led Prep with 12 points, while Taylor Stormberg added 10 points for the Junior Jays.