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Northeast boys start fast, roll past Bellevue 58-39
|Northeast senior Bo Lingle goes up for a shot inside during the second half of the Rebels’ 58-39 victory over Bellevue, Tuesday night. Lingle scored scored 13 of his 14 points during the final two quarters, including nine in the third period alone, as the Rebels stayed a game back in the Big East race with the victory.|
|Rebel senior Matt Lorenzen begins to release a three-pointer during the third quarter of Northeast’s win over Bellevue. The Rebels made seven treys against the Comets’ zone defense with Lorenzen knocking down two as part of an eight-point night in the 58-39 rout. Photos by Ross Eberhart|
By Ross Eberhart
The last time the Northeast boys basketball team met up with Bellevue, it took a giant fourth quarter rally for the Rebels to bring home a 52-49 victory.
Tuesday night, Northeast made sure history would not repeat itself.
Playing on their home floor, the Rebels scored the first nine points of the game against the Comets and never trailed in a 58-39 rout.
"The kids played hard the entire night and moved the ball great against the zone defense," Northeast head coach Travis Eversmeyer said after the game.
It was a far departure from the first encounter between the two squads in December.
In that contest, it was the Comets who got off to a quick start, building a 17-9 lead after a quarter of play.
The lead was still eight entering the fourth quarter before the Rebels outscored Bellevue 22-11 over the final eight minutes to escape with a 52-49 win.
The second meeting started completely different as Will Hasken and Matt Lorenzen hit back-to-back three-pointers to stake Northeast to a 6-0 lead one minute into the game.
Bo Lingle added a free throw for the Rebels and Hasken went in for a lay-up after a Ben Hildebrandt steal to make it 9-0.
Bellevue got on the board with a short jumper, but the Rebels kept rolling as Hildebrandt drained a three and Brendon Butler scored inside to make it 14-2.
The Comets responded by scoring five of the next seven points (Northeast's bucket came from Eli Kaczinski), but the Rebels still led by nine heading into the second quarter.
Two more Bellevue buckets to start the period cut the lead down to five, but Northeast answered with two Hasken free throws.
The two teams traded points the rest of the half and it was the Rebels who came out ahead (14-9) during the stretch, thanks to three-pointers by Hildebrandt and Kaczinski (who hit two).
Damon Diedrich and Lorenzen added two-point hoops for the Rebels, while Butler knocked down a free throw.
Kaczinski's second three-pointer proved to be the final points of the first half and the Rebels went into the break up 32-22.
A three-pointer, this one from Lorenzen, opened up the second half as well and Northeast was able to push its lead to 14 when Lingle answered a Comet hoop with a traditional three-point play.
Bellevue scored again, but so did Lingle, and the senior forward followed up his hoop inside with a blocked shot which turned into another Rebel bucket to make it 42-25.
The Comets cut into the lead with another strong close to a quarter, but Northeast still held a 44-30 lead heading to the fourth.
The Comets scored again to open the final quarter and the lead was down to 12.
Bellevue, though, would not get any closer as a bucket by Lingle and a free throw by Nick Wall pushed the margin back to 15.
The Comets answered with a bucket, but the Rebels put the game away with a 7-0 surge.
Kaczinski started the run with a free throw and Northeast scored twice on easy lay-ups by Diedrich and Kaczinski, thanks to a pair of nifty passes by Hildebrandt.
Lingle finished off the Rebels' push when he caught a lob and dropped it in while being fouled.
The free throw attempt bounced away, but the Rebels were well on their way to another victory.
Tyler Moothart and Ethan Krogman both scored for Northeast down the stretch and the Rebels brought home a 58-39 win.
Lingle led the Rebels with 14 points during the game, 13 of which came during the second half.
Kaczinski joined Lingle in double-figures with 11 points, while Lorenzen added eight, Hasken seven and Hildebrandt six.
Diedrich grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the game and dished out four assists as well. Hildebrandt led the team with seven assists to go along with a team-best four steals, while Lorenzen had five assists.
Wall added three steals for the Rebels, while Lingle blocked six shots during the game. Butler had his own block and grabbed three rebounds.
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