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02/04/2017 - BOYS BASKETBALL: Fourth Quarter Run Helps No. 2 Prep Over Northeast

By Jeff Motz

Omaha Creighton Prep couldn't shake Lincoln Northeast through the first three quarters of their boys basketball game Saturday night.

But the No. 2 Junior Jays used a 21-8 fourth quarter run to beat the Rockets 67-53 before an estimated 1,700 fans at the Ed Johnson Gym.

Prep got eight straight points, a pair of three-point plays from Akol Arop, to jump ahead 54-45 with 6:21 left in the game.  The first three-point play came with 7:47 left, off of a foul committed by Northeast's Trace Tupper....forcing him to the bench with his fourth personal of the game.

The Rockets were as close as 55-50 with 3:08 left before Prep outscored them 12-3 the rest of the way and sealed the win.

Nate White scored a game-high 20 points for Northeast (10-9), including 12 in the first half, after the Rockets tied the game at 28 just before halftime.

Prep (17-1) utilized a zone defense (1-2-2 or a 3-2) that forced Northeast to attack from the perimeter.  The Junior Jays kept the Rockets to just 30 percent shooting from the field.

Tupper finished with 13 points, while Malcolm Whitlow only had 12 points in the Northeast loss.

Prep had four players in double-figures, led by Spencer Moes' 14 points, while Hanafan had 13 and Arop and Grant Matthies each had 12.
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