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12/29/2016 - BOYS BASKETBALL: Links, Spartans, Rockets and Knights Advance In HAC Tourney


By Jeff Motz
LincolnPrepSports.com

Lincoln High continues to grow, Lincoln East used a late run to win after being taken out of their own element, Lincoln Northeast demonstrates how tough they can be in the second half and Lincoln Southeast got a boost from long range.  

That's one way to summarize what happened Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Heartland Athletic Conference boys basketball tournament at North Star High School.

The most exciting game of the day was the third contest between Lincoln High and Fremont, where the Links pulled off a 69-65 victory and avenged a loss to the Tigers on Dec. 20.

Lincoln High plays Lincoln East in the 5:30pm Friday winner's bracket semifinal.

Sammy Richardson, who spent much of the first half on the bench in foul trouble, scored 20 of his team-high 23 points in the second half.  He hit a short jumper with 5:20 left in the game to give Lincoln High a 56-47 lead.

Richardson hit a three-pointer that put Lincoln High up 64-60 with 51 seconds left.  He added a layup and three-free throws to seal the win.

Sophomores Jaylin Hunter, Jaden Horton and Morgan Perry scored 15, 12 and 11 points respectively in the Links' victory.  Fremont's Nolan Dillon put up a 36-point performance, while Zach Woehrer added 14 points in the loss.

LINCOLN EAST 47, LINCOLN NORTH STAR 37

It took a 14-2 run in the fourth quarter to turn the momentum back to East, after North Star dictated the tempo through three quarters by slowing the flow of the game down.

East's run started after North Star's Dillon Brandt scored with 2:55 remaining in the game with the Navigators up 35-33.  Pete Ackerman responded for the Spartans (4-2) by hitting a three-pointer, followed by a Hunter McPhail layup of a North Star turnover.  

Ackerman, who led all scorers with 12 points, hit two free throws and McPhail added three more charity tosses that put East up 43-35 with 52 seconds left.   

North Star (2-6) got 11 points from 6-7 junior center Brock Johnson.  

LINCOLN NORTHEAST 73, GRAND ISLAND 64

Northeast (5-2) erased a 10-point halftime deficit and avenged an eight point loss to the Islanders by going on a 29-8 third quarter run.

The Rockets got 27 points and 12 rebounds from 6-9 senior center Trace Tupper and sophomore guard Malcolm Whitlow had 19 points.  Senior guard Talon Little also got involved in the offense, scoring 10 points and hit a pair of three-pointers during the pivotal third quarter run.

Despite Northeast's win, Grand Island managed to get 20 points apiece from LeBeck Warren and Will Nordhues.

LINCOLN SOUTHEAST 54, LINCOLN SOUTHWEST 44

Sherrod Davison connected on six three-pointers and scored 22 points to lead Southeast in the victory and a meeting with Northeast in the 2pm Friday winner's bracket semifinal.

The Knights (3-4) got out to a 10-2 first quarter start and never looked back at Southwest.  Davison had 14 points at halftime and nailed four three-pointers, which helped Southeast to a 31-24 lead.

The lead grew to 46-36 for the Knights after the third quarter.  

Isaiah Laughlin was the only other Southeast player in double-figures with 11 points.  Southwest got 13 points from Trevor Bogle, all coming in the second half.
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