- BOYS STATE BASKETBALL: SOUTHEAST FALLS SHORT, CENTRAL TO PLAY FOR TITLE
By Jeff Motz
Lincoln Prep Sports.com
Lincoln Southeast did all they could to contain Omaha Central's Deverell Biggs Friday night.
The one time the Knights stopped Biggs, it was someone else who became the hero for the Eagles. Akoy Agau took a pass off a baseline drive from Biggs and scored the game winning basket with five seconds remaining to give Central a 53-52 win in the Class A Boys State Basketball Tournament semifinals at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Central will play for their fourth state championship in five years Saturday night, when they face Norfolk. The Panthers earned their second trip to the Class A title game in 23 years, when Brady Lollman hit a buzzer beater to beat Omaha Creighton Prep 53-51 in the other semifinal game.
Before Agau's basket, Southeast took a 52-51 lead with 11 seconds left when Derrius Vick hit two free-throws. After Agau's basket, Southeast threw a baseball pass down the floor to Eric Jackson for a desperation shot that bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Southeast kept it close for much of the game. The Knights took a 50-48 lead off a Derek Shouse layup with 1:10 left. Biggs, who scored a game high 35 points, hit one of two free throws and after Vick was called for traveling, Dominque McKinzie scored of a dish off from Biggs for a 51-50 Central lead with 51 seconds remaining.
Central led 20-17 at the half, before Southeast roared out to a 37-30 lead late in the third quarter.
Shouse led Southeast with 17 points, while Vick added 14 points and Jaydee Jurgensen chipped in 12 points. Southeast plays Prep for 3rd place 2pm Saturday at Lincoln Southwest High Schoool.