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By Jeff Axtell
For Lincoln Prep

Sometimes its a matter of how the ball rolls. Luckily for the Lincoln Southwest Boys basketball team, fate was on their side.

With 7.1 seconds left, Lincoln Northeast's Jordan Schroer drove coast to coast and threw up a running jump shot that banked off the back board, hit the rim and rolled out. Chaz Ginger corralled the offensive rebound and had a chance to win the game at the buzzer with a put back, but he missed the shot from point blank range and the Silver Hawks held on for a 52-51 win over the Rockets at the Ed Johnson Gym Thursday night.

Northeast previously trailed 51-49 before tying the game up with just over a minute left to go in regulation. Southwest held the ball before calling a timeout with 10.8 seconds left. Brandon Reilly was then fouled on the inbounds pass with 8.5 seconds left as Lincoln Northeast's Puot Kudhot attempted to go for the steal. Reilly hit the first free throw, but missed the second...setting up the wild finish.

Northeast trailed 20-11 after the first quarter, but Lincoln Southwest's Ty Headley picked up his third foul with just over six minutes left to go in the first half. The Rockets then went on an 11-1 run to regain the lead and head into the locker room up 28-27. The game was a back and forth seasaw battle for much of the third quarter as Jordan Schroer scored nine of his game-high 16 points in the quarter for the Rockets. Northeast led 44-42 after three.

For Lincoln Southwest (9-7), Reilly ended up with a team-high 14 points after knocking down the game-winning free throw. Dylan Heath reached double figures for the Silverhawks as the senior center racked up 9 of his 13 points in the first quarter. Outside of Jordan Schroer's game-high total of 16 points, Northeast (4-14) was paced by Puot Kudhot and Derek Hoodjer, who each ended up with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
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