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01/06/2012 - BOYS BASKETBALL: Third Quarter Run Sparks Rockets Over Bearcats

By Jeff Motz

A shift in the momentum helped turn the tables for the Lincoln Northeast boys basketball team.  The Rockets fell behind early in the third quarter, only to rally and hold on for a 54-51 victory over No. 6 Kearney at the Ed Johnson Gym Friday night.

Both teams were tied at 27 during halftime, after Kearney forward Jake Sheldon hit a three-pointer as time expired in the second quarter.  After Rocket center Jesse Rall scored to tie the game at 29 early in the third quarter, the Bearcats took command by going on a 12-0 run. Derek Schriner's three 4:46 left in the 3rd put Kearney ahead 39-29.

Northeast (3-7) then rallied to go on a 12-0 run of their own, behind two three-pointers from Conner Deines and baskets from David Dep and Matt Peppmuller for a 41-39 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

The Rockets continued to capitalize by going ahead 48-43, but a three from Damien Austen pulled the Bearcats to within two at 48-46 with 3:02 remaining.  Two possessions later, Northeast went ahead 51-46 after a three from senior guard Brandon Holscher with 1:35 left.

Kearney pulled to within three at 51-48 with 1:12 left after a basket from Sheldon.  Northeast added two free-throws from Jordan Brown to go up five with 58 seconds left.  A three from Drew Chally trimmed the Kearney deficit to 53-51 on the next possession.  Deines missed the front end of a one-and-one for Northeast, but Kearney missed two shots that could have tied the game.

Moerer was fouled after grabbing the rebound and hit one of two free-throws to seal the win for the Rockets.

Deines led Northeast with 11 points, while Dep and Moerer eached added nine points.

Nate Stevens led Kearney (9-3) with 14 points and Sheldon added 13.
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