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Rebels break out in second quarter, down Warriors
|Northeast senior Bo Lingle goes up for a lay-up during the third quarter of the Rebels’ 55-34 victory over Cal-Wheat, Saturday night. Lingle had six points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals in the Rebels’ victory.|
|Cal-Wheat senior Austin Bumann goes up for a shot inside while defended by Northeast junior Damon Diedrich during the first half of Saturday’s Observer-area battle between the Warriors and Rebels. Photos by Ross Eberhart|
By Ross Eberhart
With a little over a quarter in the book, it looked like the Calamus-Wheatland and Northeast boys basketball teams were on their way to another close encounter during Saturday's Big East opener for both two teams.
A little over two minutes into the second quarter, the Warriors and Rebels - who have had four of their previous six meetings decided by less than five points - found themselves knotted up at 13 points apiece.
That is when Northeast's three-point shooting took over.
The Rebels ended up scoring 17 of the final 19 points in the first half, thanks in large part to five three-pointers and the tie game was now a 30-15 Northeast lead.
The Rebel defense did the rest, limiting Cal-Wheat to just four field goals in the second half in a 55-34 victory.
Ironically, Northeast got the game's scoring started with a pair of buckets inside as junior Brendon Butler dropped in a pair of close shots.
John Diercks got Cal-Wheat on the board with a free throw, but Bo Lingle drained a jumper for the Rebels to make it 6-1.
The lead did not last long. Warrior center Jake Janssen scored on a baby hook inside and teammate Spencer Kerr followed with a three-pointer to tie things up at six.
The Rebels got the lead back on a bucket inside by Tyler Moothart, but the Warriors answered just as quickly with Justin Alden hitting a jumper from the baseline.
Northeast broke the tie once more as Butler grabbed an offensive rebound and the ball ended up finding itself in the hands of senior Ben Hildebrandt, who proceeded to knock down a three-pointer.
The final points of the quarter, though, belonged to the Warriors as Janssen made a jumper to tighten the score to 11-10 as the first period came to a close.
Austin Houzenga opened the second quarter with a free throw and the score was tied again. The process repeated itself again moments later as Matt Lorenzen hit a jumper to give Northeast the lead only for Janssen to knock down two free throws to even things up again.
Hildebrandt answered with his second three-pointer of the game for the Rebels and this time Northeast was able to create some separation. Damon Diedrich followed up Hildebrandt's three with a bucket inside and Lorenzen hit another three-pointer.
Junior guard Eli Kaczinski got in the act with a three-pointer of his own and freshman Will Hasken made it 14-straight Northeast points with yet another trey.
The Warriors stopped Northeast's run as Houzenga was able to get inside for a bucket, but the Rebels' answer was another basket from downtown as Hasken hit his second three-pointer.
That proved to be the final points of the first half and Northeast found itself ahead 15 after getting their final 12 points of the second quarter from behind the three-point line.
The three-point barrage extended into the opening moments of the second half as Lingle started out the third quarter with the Rebels' fifth-consecutive three-pointer.
This one was answered by a trey from Cal-Wheat as Alden knocked one down from the corner.
The Rebels' finally produced some offense from somewhere other than the three-point line as Lingle hit one-of-two free throws and Hasken sank a jumper.
Janssen sank another free throw and the teams traded points as Nick Wall scored inside for Northeast and Kerr knocked down another three for the Warriors.
The final four points of the third quarter belonged to Northeast as Diedrich scored in the paint and Lorenzen grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back to put the Rebels in front 42-22 heading to the fourth.
Wall started the fourth quarter with four-straight free throws before the Warriors put together a 7-0 run.
Janssen got things started with a jumper and Houzenga added a free throw. Diercks knocked down a freebie of his own and Janssen finished off the run with a bucket after an offensive rebound to pull Cal-Wheat with 17.
The Rebels, though, scored four of the next six points with four different Northeast players - Hasken, Hildebrandt, Kaczinski and Ethan Krogman - knocking down a single free throw.
Cal-Wheat got four-straight free throws from Lucas Looney, but the game ended with a jumper by Rebel junior Nick Anderson and a three-pointer from senior teammate Kaylon Trenkamp.
No Rebel reached double-figures in the game, but five different players scored at least six points.
Hasken led the way with nine points, including two three-pointers. Lorenzen and Hildebrandt both added seven apiece, while Lingle and Wall both had six.
Lingle added nine rebounds and Lorenzen five with the former also dishing out three assists (the same number as Wall). Hildebrandt led the Rebels with five assists.
Northeast's trapping zone helped the Rebels come away with 16 steals with Wall leading the way with five. Lingle and Lorenzen had three each with Diedrich coming up with two.
Janssen led the way for the Warriors with 11 points, while Kerr added eight. Alden and Houzenga added five apiece with Looney finishing the game with four.
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