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12/21/2013 - BOYS BASKETBALL: Peterson's Three Lifts Southeast Past Northeast

By Jeff Motz

Clayton Peterson's clutch three-pointer came at the right time.

The 5-11 senior guard hit a tray with four seconds left to Class A No. 8 Lincoln Southeast over No. 10 Lincoln Northeast 55-52 in boys basketball Saturday night at the Ed Johnson Gym.

The Knights (5-1) only led one time in the second half, taking a 43-42 lead in the fourth quarter when Peterson hit a three pointer.  But the Rockets raced back on free throws by Tyler Sorensen and Peyton Helmstadter to put Northeast ahead 50-45 with 2:05 left.  
Trey Beamon responded with a three-pointer for Southeast and BJ Day stole a pass and scored on a layup to tie the game at 50 with under 1:30 remaining.  Sorensen made one of two free throws, giving Northeast the edge at 51-50.  Then Beamon hit a jump shot in the lane to help the Knights regain the lead.

Breaking the press, Northeast's Derrick Curtis got fouled going after an offensive rebound and hit the first of two free throws for a 52-all game with 12 seconds to play.

Southeast pushed the ball up the floor, setting up Peterson's game winning three.  Northeast called time out with 1.2 seconds left to set up a final in bounds play.  Sorensen's toss to Connor Springman was off and picked up by Beamon as time ran out.

Northeast (3-3) jumped out to a 12-4 first quarter lead, capitalizing on forced and unforced turnovers.  Luke Gifford scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half, seven of which game in the second quarter alone that helped Southeast close their deficit to 26-23 at the half.

Helmstadter also finished with 16 for Northeast, while Skyler Kilzer added 11 for the Rockets in the loss.  BJ Day added 15 points for Southeast.  Peterson hit three trays in the game and finished with 11 points in the Knights victory.  
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