Lincoln Prep overcame a nine-point deficit in the third quarter, forced overtime and beat Lee’s Summit 75-67 Monday evening in a semifinal game at the William Jewell Holiday Classic.
“This was a very big victory,” said sophomore Steve Dudley, who finished with a team-high 19 points.
Lincoln Prep, 8-1, will Park Hill at 5:30 tonight for the Nelson Division championship.
Although the game was tied at halftime and at the end of the third quarter, Lee’s Summit led most of the second half despite playing without one of its key players. Senior Drew Lock is in San Antonio preparing to play in a high school all-star football game.
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Lincoln Prep forced overtime when Jonathan Reese scored with with 3.7 remaining in regulation, tying the game at 58-58. Lincoln Prep then stole the ball and had a chance to win, but the layup hit underneath the rim.
In overtime, Lincoln Prep built a 68-62 lead on a three-point play by Dudley. With 18 seconds left, Dudley put the game away with two free throws.
Junior Blake Spellman led Lee’s Summit with 20 points.
Park Hill 68, Raymore-Peculiar 61
Park Hill watched a 15-point lead inshrink to five early in the third quarter against Raymore-Peculiar, but the Trojans got hot again.
Park Hill made four three-pointers in the next 3 minutes and quickly expanded its lead to 18. The Trojans needed the cushion to secure the victory.
Behind the outside shooting of Tanner Zieh, Park Hill took a 25-10 lead into the second quarter. But a minute into the third quarter, the Trojans led only 35-30.
Zieh heated up again, hitting two straight three-pointers and then Louis Reinmiller took over with a couple more. Reinmiller’s second three-pointer gave Park Hill, 7-1, a 51-33 lead late in the third quarter.
Landry Shamet led Park Hill with 18 points.