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Late threes help Rebels outlast Warriors

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

GOOSE LAKE - The first three-pointer gave the Northeast boys basketball team the lead.

But it was the second trey that broke open Saturday's The Observer-area battle with Calamus-Wheatland.

The Rebels and Warriors were tied at 42 apiece when Northeast junior Dawson Stoll knocked down a three-pointer from the corner in the final seconds of the third quarter.

That gave the hosts a three-point edge entering the fourth quarter, and Rebels guard Trey McAleer quickly doubled it with his own three to make it 48-42.

The three not only gave Northeast some breathing room, it also kick-started a 10-2 Rebels run to start the fourth quarter that turned out to be the difference in a 69-57 victory.

Whistles dominated the back-and-forth contest as the two teams combined for 50 fouls and 48 free throws.

The Rebels jumped out to the early lead, using threes by Stoll and McAleer to reel off 10 of the game's first 12 points.

The Warriors answered right back. Jacob Looney scored five points during a 7-2 push that cut the lead to three, and Cal-Wheat scored the final seven points of the quarter - highlighted by a late Tyler Rowold three - to take a 16-14 lead after a quarter.

The teams traded points for the first four minutes of the second stanza, resulting in a 23-23 tie.

That was when Warriors guard Hunter Rickels took over. The Cal-Wheat junior scored eight straight points, including four in the span of two seconds, to push the Warriors ahead 31-23. (Rickels scored Cal-Wheat's final 13 points of the first half).

Now, it was Northeast's turn to respond, and the Rebels did so with their bench. Dakota Stevenson drained a pair of free throws, while Grant Rickertsen and Connor Petersen converted consecutive three-point plays to create a 31-31 tie at the half.

Cal-Wheat took the lead right back to start the third quarter, as Josh Hein buried two free throws, Looney scored inside, and Erick Solis capped a 7-2 Warriors run with a three to make it 38-33.

Northeast responded behind Stoll, who knocked down back-to-back threes to flip the lead back to the Rebels, and Braeden Hoyer converted a three-point play to make it 42-38.

Two straight hoops by Hein tied things up again at 42 before Stoll gave the Rebels their final lead with his late three.

McAleer followed with his own three, and Stoll knocked down another trey - his fifth - before scoring on a drive. Luke Empen chipped in his own hoop inside and suddenly the Northeast lead was 55-44.

Cal-Wheat fought back, pulling within six twice - the first, right away at 55-49, after five quick points by Looney; the second when Solis was fouled on a three-pointer to make it 60-54.

The Rebels, though, scored seven straight points - all at the free throw line - to finish off their victory.

Stoll ended up with six three-pointers and led all scorers with a career-high 27 points, while Hoyer scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

Rickels led a balanced Cal-Wheat attack with 16 points, while Looney (14), Hein (10), and Solis (10) all joined him in double figures.

It was the second game in two nights for both teams.

Northeast broke open a road contest with Mid-Prairie in the middle two quarters, outscoring the Golden Hawks 40-25 during the stretch in a 70-45 victory.

Hoyer and Stoll both had 16 points in the game and combined for 10 steals, while Collin Swanton dished out seven assists for the Rebels (3-0).

The Warriors, meanwhile, fell victim to a big fourth quarter by hosting Lisbon in their Tri-Rivers Conference tilt.

Cal-Wheat led 29-24 at the half and 39-38 heading to the fourth, but the Lions exploded for 24 points in the final quarter to rally for a 62-53 victory.

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