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2/20/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Northeast senior Bo Lingle goes up for two points inside during the Rebels’ non-conference victory over Tipton. Lingle led all scorers during Northeast’s 2A district 9 semifinal with Bellevue, Thursday night, dropping in 19 points, while also grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking five shots in the Rebels’ 51-36 win.
Rebel defense leads the way in district win over Bellevue

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

At times, the points were hard to come by, but with the way the Northeast boys basketball team was playing defense, it mattered very little during Thursday night's 2A district 9 semifinal with Bellevue.

The Rebels built a double-digit lead in the first half against the Comets, but watched as the visitors trimmed the lead all the way down to one, thanks in large part to a Northeast dry spell that spanned a pair of quarters.

Bellevue, though, was never able to leapfrog the Rebels, and Northeast got its offense going again late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to pick up a 51-36 victory.

The 36 points allowed were the fewest by the Rebels since a December game against Cedar Valley Christian (the last time Northeast held a team under 40 points, it was the same Bellevue squad).

The game started as a close affair, but Northeast began to create a little distance during the latter portion of the first quarter and the Rebels found themselves ahead 15-8 heading into the second period.

Northeast kept rolling in the next stanza as well and an early Rebel run pushed the advantage into double-digits.

The Rebels, though, soon went cold from the field and Bellevue took advantage with its own run to close within five (24-19) at the break.

Northeast continued to struggle from the field in the second half, but a strong defensive effort kept the Comets from fully capitalizing on the Rebels' offensive drought.

Bellevue was able to pull within one late in the period, but that was also when the Northeast offense got back on track and five quick points to end the quarter meant the Rebels outscored the Comets 7-5 in the third.

The Rebels never looked back as they pushed the lead back to double-digits early in the fourth quarter and then finished off their victory at the free throw line (Northeast shot 15-of-22 at the charity stripe).

Northeast got big second halves from Bo Lingle and Eli Kaczinski, who led the Rebels with 19 and 12 points respectively.

Lingle added 14 rebounds for a double-double and finished off a fantastic all-around game with five blocked shots, two steals and two assists.

Ben Hildebrandt made it three Rebels in double-figures as he scored 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers (Kaczinski and Lingle also hit two threes in the game), while Nick Wall had four points.

Hildebrandt added three rebounds as well, while Damon Diedrich handed out a team-high five assists.

Matt Lorenzen joined Lingle with two assists with Hildebrandt, Kaczinski and Diedrich all coming up with steals.

The Rebels returned to action last night in a district final clash against North Cedar. The Knights won the regular season meeting between the two teams, but the rematch will have more at stake with the winner advancing to Saturday's substate game (hosted by Iowa City West) against the winner of West Branch and West Liberty.

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