- Northeast defense slows down North Star
Lincoln Northeast's Meechie Johnson perhaps had the best performance of his three-year Rocket basketball career Thursday night. The senior scored 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting and 3-of-4 from the free throw line to help beat Lincoln North Star by the final of 65-53 in front of an estimated crowd of 2,200 people at North Star's "Swamp." Defense was the key for the Rockets, who are now 5-0 on the year, as they managed to shut down leading scorer Tyler Bullock from a scoring explosion in the second half. Mitch Raridon pitched in 12 points and DeAndrae Melvin added 11 for LNE, while Bullock led North Star with 18, Danny Tucker chipped in 15 and Dayne Walton and Bandak Chei added 10 each for the Gators. Chei led North Star in rebounding with 9 and Danilo Pavicevic led the Rockets in rebounding with 10.