- BOYS BASKETBALL: WALKER'S THREE GIVES SOUTHEAST WIN OVER SOUTHWEST
By Jeff Motz
In dramatic fashion, Aaron Walker became the hero for the Lincoln Southeast boys basketball team.
With four seconds left, Walker's three-pointer from 30-feet away swished through the basket and gave the Knights a 48-45 intra-city victory over Lincoln Southwest Thursday night before an estimated crowd of 2,000 at Southwest.
Leading up to the exciting finish, Southeast (2-3) had a 44-37 lead with three minutes to play, but saw it dwindle away on a Silver Hawk 8-1 run. Reid Williams converted on a three-point play, then Southeast got a free throw from NaJee Jackson. Southwest scored again when Tyler Hoppes got a basket off an assist from Easton Edmund.
Williams hit a game tying three-pointer with 52 seconds to go. A couple of missed shots
from both teams and a Southeast turnover set the final stage. Edmund stole the ball and called time out with 11 seconds remaining. As Edmund passed the ball to Brayden Young, Walker stole it and heaved the shot for the game winner.
Southwest (3-2) had a 22-16 second quarter lead before the Knights countered with a 10-0 run to finish the first half with a 26-22 lead. Walker nailed a three during the stretch, while Clayton Peterson scored on a layup and Luke Gifford connected on a basket.
Southeast's BJ Day led all scorers with 13 points, while grabbing a game-high seven rebounds. Walker finished with nine for the Knights. Williams led Southwest with 11 points in the loss.