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01/05/2013 - BOYS BASKETBALL: East Uses Overtime To Edge Northeast

By Jeff Motz

Just as Lincoln East rallied, they had to take it one step further for victory.

The Spartans, behind 15 points a piece from senior forwards Clayton Shepard and Mike Rilett, earned a 57-52 overtime win over Lincoln Northeast Saturday night before an estimated crowd of 1,000 at the East Gym.

East (8-4) trailed as much as 39-29 late in the third quarter, before Clayton Shepard hit a three-pointer to spark a 14-0 run.  Jacob Dunning had a two-handed dunk, then Shepard connected on another three and Mike Rilett had a breakaway one-handed dunk to tie the game at 39 with 5:30 left in regulation.  

Defensively, East switched to a 1-3-1 zone defense and began to trap the ball, which led to four straight Northeast turnovers.

The Spartans got another basket from Bryan Reimers and Jacob Dunning added to free-throws for a 43-39 advantage with 4:02 to go.  East went to a stall offense and a turnover gave the Northeast the ball with less than two minutes to play.  

Shepard then fouled Northeast guard Ryan Garver, who hit one of two free-throws.  The Spartans then got another basket on an alley oop toss to Reimers and the Rockets countered with a three-pointer from junior guard Dalton Hegeholz hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 45-43 with 1:17 left in regulation.

East extended their lead with Dunning hitting a free-throw, but Northeast guard Spencer Kirk scored inside with 55 seconds left.  

Rilett's jumper gave the Spartans some breathing room at 48-45. A jump ball with under 15 seconds left gave Northeast the ball that set up Derrick Curtis' three-pointer with four seconds left to force overtime.

East jumped out to a 52-48 lead to start overtime, behind back to back baskets from Rilett.  After a Northeast free-throw from Springman, East got a couple of free throws from Shepard.  Garver connected on a three-pointer that trimmed the Rocket deficit at 54-52 with 1:18 left in overtime.  Dunning hit two free throws and Connor Long sealed the Spartan victory with a free-throw.

Northeast led much of the game, including 21-17 halftime advantage.  The Rockets out rebounded the Spartans by a 30-25 margin and allowed only six offensive boards.

Springman led all scorers with 17 points for the Rockets, while Garver finished with 12 and Kirk added 10.  

Reimers added 10 points for the Spartans.

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