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|Northeast boys rally in second half for victory over Wilton|
By Ross Eberhart
With plenty of new faces, Northeast head boys basketball Travis Eversmeyer knows it will take some time for his team to grow and thrive.
The Rebels were able to do both during Monday night's season opener with Wilton.
It just, fittingly, took some time.
Down seven at halftime, Northeast got rolling in the second half, first cutting the deficit down to three entering the fourth quarter before ultimately surpassing the Beavers in the final minutes in a 58-51 victory.
"It was a tale of two halves," Northeast head coach Travis Eversmeyer said. "In the first half, we were missing a lot of bunnies and turned the ball over eight times - that happens when you are inexperienced.
"I thought the kids did a nice job of relaxing and just playing the game in the second half. We switched our defense up which allowed us to get some run-outs in the second half."
The game started off close with the Rebels grabbing the early lead after a basket and consecutive three-pointers.
Northeast, though, was held to just two points over the final three minutes of the quarter and it was Wilton who entered the second stanza with the lead (13-10).
The first four minutes of the second quarter belonged to the Beavers, who put Northeast on the ropes with an 11-4 run that pushed the lead to double figures.
The Rebels, though, fought back, dropping the deficit from 10 to eight points and then from eight to seven.
With a minute left in the first half, Northeast was back within five at 30-25. The final basket of the quarter, though, belonged to Wilton and the margin was seven heading to halftime.
The Rebels got back at it in the early moments of the second half and by the midway point of the third quarter the game was tied at 35-35.
The Beavers stemmed some of Northeast's momentum by taking back the lead at 40-37 and when the time in the third quarter expired the Wilton lead was still three (43-40).
The fourth quarter opened with a Wilton free throw, but the Rebels responded with a flurry, scoring six points in the span of a minute to take the lead at 46-44.
The two teams traded points and with four minutes remaining in the game, the score was knotted up at 49.
The Rebel defense took over from there, holding Wilton to just two points over the final four minutes. Northeast, meanwhile, scored seven of its final nine points at the free throw line to ice the game and finish off the win.
Senior Bo Lingle had a strong game for the Rebels, leading the team in both scoring (23) and rebounding (13) to notch a double-double.
Ben Hildebrandt and Nick Wall both added eight points apiece with the former dishing out a team-best five assists and the latter coming up with five steals (also a team-best).
Matt Lorenzen drained a pair of three-pointers for his six points, while Brendon Butler and Will Hasken both had five points and Eli Kaczinski three.
"I thought Bo did a great job of carrying us in stretches," Eversmeyer said. "Ben played great defense and kept his cool through an off-shooting night.
"Matt hit a couple of big threes for us and was solid on defense. Nick Wall sparked us in the second half with eight points and Will and Eli knocked down a couple of big shots at crucial times."
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