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01/08/2016 - BOYS BASKETBALL: East Survives Southeast Late Surge

By Jeff Motz

Lincoln East's sixth man off the bench provided the spark the Spartans needed Friday night against Lincoln Southeast.

Pete Ackerman scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the first half to help Class A No. 6 East to a 49-47 victory over the Knights at the Prasch Center.

Ackerman helped the Spartans during a crucial fourth quarter, by scoring eight points before Southeast surged back.  East (9-1) went on a 9-0 run in the third quarter for a 40-31 lead, then switched to a 2-3 zone defensively, forcing Southeast to shoot.

Ultimately, the plan worked in East's favor for much of the second half.

Because of the zone, the Knights (5-6) had not made a three-point shot.  But in the fourth quarter, long-range shots started to fall when Trevor Dockum hit two threes, including one with five seconds left in the game to pull Southeast within two of East.

Sam Griesel missed two free throws with 3.2 seconds left that could have easily sealed the game for the Spartans.  But Southeast got the ball to mid-court and a desperation heave from Jack Strong went wide right at the buzzer.

Clay Reimers added 12 points in the East win.  Dockum came off the bench and scored a team-high 17 points for Southeast.
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