BOYS BASKETBALL: Beard’s 21 Helps No. 6 Northeast Edge No. 9 Southwest
Lincoln Northeast’s Adonis Jones (5) attempts a three-point shot over Lincoln Southwest’s Grant Mielak. (Jeff Motz/KFOR Sports)

LINCOLN–(KFOR Jan. 20)–The Class A No. 6 Lincoln Northeast boys basketball team was able to overcome an early 11-0 deficit by playing team basketball on Thursday night and managed to rally back midway through the game, before holding on late to a 55-51 victory over No. 9 Lincoln Southwest in a game heard on KFOR.

The Rockets (12-2) grabbed a 27-25 halftime lead, after the Silver Hawks jumped out to the early start and led 17-11 after one quarter. During the second quarter, Southwest only managed eight points and field goal shooting turned cold like the weather outside.

Zander Beard, who had a game-high 21 points, helped Northeast in the third quarter by scoring 11 points in the period, including a pair of three-point plays, that helped the Rockets to a 44-37 lead.

Southwest (8-4) never regained the lead but didn’t go away. The Silver Hawks closed the deficit to one possession with 30 seconds left after senior forward Ben Hunzeker scored and after a Northeast turnover got the ball. Bham Buom, a 6-7 sophomore, missed a pair of free-throws and after grabbing the rebound, Northeast called a time out with less than 10 seconds left. Beard was fouled in the back court and hit a pair of free-throws to seal the win for the Rockets.

Hunzeker led the Silver Hawks in the loss with 19 points.

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Lincoln Northeast boys basketball at Lincoln Southwest-1st Half
Lincoln Northeast boys basketball at Lincoln Southwest-2nd Half