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01/19/2013 - BOYS BASKETBALL: Rockets Race Past Antlers
Photo: Northeast's Derrick Curtis (under basket) puts up a shot against Elkhorn.
Lincoln Northeast's Derrick Curtis (center) goes up for a shot surrounded by Elkhorn defenders Saturday night at the Ed Johnson Gym.

By Jeff Motz

Lincoln Northeast has no seniors on their boys basketball team, but you couldn't tell there was no upperclassmen leadership on the court Saturday night.

The Rockets earned their sixth victory of the season by defeating Elkhorn 52-27 in front of a reporter estimated crowd of 1,800 at tip off inside the Ed Johnson Gym.  

Northeast (6-9), who earned their fourth-straight victory, used a zone defense and took control on offense by slowing the tempo down early.   Connor Springman, who led the Rockets with 14 points, scored all of Northeast's points in the first quarter, holding an 8-5 advantage.  

The lead extended to 16-9 in the second quarter, when Rocket center Spencer Kirk scored six points during the stretch. Northeast led at the break 18-10.

Elkhorn (6-9) continued to struggle from the field.  In the first three quarters, the Antlers only mustered 14 points, before a 13-point fourth quarter and finishing with their lowest point total of the season.  Springman scored three more baskets as Northeast outscored Elkhorn 13-4 in the third quarter for a 31-14 lead.

Rocket forward Derrick Curtis added 12 points in the game, nine of which came in a 21-point fourth quarter.  

Elkhorn was led by Chris Weber's seven points.
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