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02/27/2010 - BOYS DISTRICT BASKETBALL: LNE'S SCHROER HITS BUZZER BEATER, STUNS LINCOLN HIGH

(NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR)

By KEN HAMBLETON
Lincoln Journal Star

Jordan Schroer got two chances at the shot of his life.

The first one with six seconds left almost made history.

The second shot with one second left earned a page in the book of all-time upsets.

Schroer scored on a short jumper to give Lincoln Northeast a 40-38 victory against third-ranked Lincoln High on Saturday in the first round of the A-4 district at Lincoln Southeast.

"It was just what our coaches talked about all week," Schroer said. "If we thought we could win and if we played our best defense of the year, we could win. We believed. We believed."

It took plenty of believing, because Lincoln High hammered the Rockets 62-28 just four weeks ago and the Links didn't have Tobin Reinwald, one of their top players, that night.

"I don't think anybody expected this but our coaches and us," Schroer said.

Schroer, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, took the shot that was planned and it bounced off the rim.

Two Lincoln High players jumped for the rebound, tipping the ball back to Schroer.

He grabbed the ball on the baseline and put up a five-footer that dropped into the basket with one second.

Schroer sprinted across the court but was swarmed under in the stampede from the Rocket bench.

"I got a little lucky to have two shots at the end," he said.

Northeast (6-15) advances to Monday's 7:30 p.m. final against Millard South, which defeated Papillion-La Vista South 54-44.

Lincoln High (16-5) must wait to see if it will qualify for a wild card to the state tournament.

"They killed us and they didn't even have their best player, when they beat us before," said Northeast coach Steve Bartek. "We had to work all week on getting our kids to believe they could win this game and that the first time we played just didn't matter."

Northeast showed it got the message by holding the Links to two points in the first quarter. Lincoln High didn't get a field goal until Tommy Johnson scored on an assist from John Harris with 7:13 left in the first half. The Links, behind a 5-for-5 shooting effort by Reinwald in the period, soared to a 22-18 halftime lead.

But Northeast showed the same kind of defense in the third quarter it showed at the start, held Lincoln High to five points in the third quarter and crept back into the lead, 28-27, with 1:01 left.

"We tried about four defenses, a box-and-one on Reinwald after his second quarter and then a triangle and two," Bartek said. "But the key was getting after the ball and getting after everything possible made a big difference for us tonight."

Jordan Jilg-Brown then scored on a short jumper at the end of the quarter to give the Rockets a 30-27 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Dylan Flynn, who scored 12 points, rallied the Links back, scoring on two offensive rebounds, then hitting a free throw and scoring on another offensive rebound to tie the game at 38 with 2:20 left.

The Rockets ran the clock down and called time out with 12 seconds left.

"We weren't ready and that's my fault," said Lincoln High coach Dan Noble. "We talked about how dangerous this game was because it was a city rival and you could see we just weren't aggressive on defense and we were too hesitant on offense."

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