Every game this season is going to be a new experience for Lincoln East, which won Saturday’s matchup of 5-0 teams with Omaha Westside 60-57.

“We are very inexperienced,’’ East coach Jeff Campbell said. “Connor Riekenberg is our only returning varsity returning letter winner. Everybody else has never played Class A varsity basketball.”

Note he said Class A. Perhaps the best player to transfer since last season is 6-foot-6 senior Wes Dreamer, who left Class C-2 Elmwood-Murdock after two all-state seasons for East.

Dreamer had a clear claim to being the best player in the game for three quarters, scoring 18 of his 22 points, until Westside sophomore guard Jadin Booth took control.

Booth tried to will preseason No. 6 Westside (East was not ranked) to a comeback win by scoring 12 of his 22 points in the fourth. His 3-pointer at the buzzer was just long.

“He’s really good with the ball in his hands, skilled offensively,’’ Warriors coach Jim Simons said. “He’s led us in assists all year. He tried to certainly get us over the hump and get us back in it. He hit some tough shots, got himself to the foul line.

“The key for us honestly was the first half. We were not good offensively. Our ball movement was really poor, our player movement was really poor.

“I thought the last 10, 12 minutes of the game were more offensively where we want to be.”

Simons said Lincoln East, with two bigs, was a matchup challenge since he starts four perimeter players with center Chase Thompson.

East built a double-digit lead with sophomore guard Carter Glenn making three 3s and Riekenberg scoring his 10 points in the first three quarters. The Spartans (6-0) led 46-36.

Up until then East had one turnover. It had 10 in the fourth as Westside whittled its deficit to 56-54 on two free throws by Booth. He had a good look at a 3 after Carl Brown’s backcourt steal, but Lincoln East’s Peyton Stoppel got the rebound and made two free throws.

Brown then cut it to one with a 3 on an assist by Booth. Dreamer was fouled on the inbounds pass and made two free throws with two seconds left to force Westside to go the length of the court for a tying shot.

“The whole season is going to be a learning process,’’ Campbell said, “and the only way we’re going to get better is to be in those situations.”

Lincoln East (6-0) 14 13 19 14—60

At Omaha Westside (5-1) 13 9 14 21—57

LE: Wes Dreamer 22, Carter Glenn 13, Conner Riekenberg 10, Jett Janssen 8, Peyton Stoppel 5, Teny Gakdeng 2.

WS: Jadin Booth 22, Chase Thompson 12, PJ Ngambi 11, Damond Ross 6, Carl Brown 6.

Lincoln East (6-0)…...................13  9  14  21—60

At Omaha Westside (5-1)…......14  13  19  14—57

LE: Wes Dreamer 22, Carter Glenn 13, Conner Riekenberg 10, Jett Janssen 8, Peyton Stoppel 5, Teny Gakdeng 2.

WS: Jadin Booth 22, Chase Thompson 12, PJ Ngambi 11, Damond Ross 6, Carl Brown 6.

Bellevue West 80,

Omaha Central 65

At Bellevue West in the second game of the night pitting teams that will be in the new Top 10 on Monday, the Thunderbirds led 21-0 only to watch Central  rally to within six in the fourth quarter before they secured an 80-65 win.

Chucky Hepburn, their sophomore point guard who has a Husker offer, was 14 of 14 at the free throw line while scoring a game-high 24 points — two more than Central senior John Tonje.

West coach Doug Woodard said his young team, albeit the preseason No. 1, is going through growing pains.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be 84 to nothing,’’ he said. “Central’s too good of a team. We jumped on them, we got some turnovers, hit some shots and had a big lead.

“It’s hard to sustain that, especially with young kids convincing them that what became a 23-point lead at halftime wasn’t enough. We’re having problems closing things out, making good decisions, but Central’s very talented and they made a lot of plays and a lot of shots.”

A jumper by freshman PJ Davis cut West’s lead to 67-61 with three minutes left. Nico Felici, who had 16 points, made two free throws and Hepburn quickly added a 3-point play to get the lead back to double digits for good.

Davis had 12 points, as did junior Maxwell Polk for Central and Abe Hoskins 13. Central was 8 of 23 on 3s in its rally while Bellevue West was 2 of 15.

Omaha Central (4-2)….................7  12  23  23—65

At Bellevue West (5-1)…............25  17  16  22—80

OC: John Tonje 22, Abe Hoskins 13, Maxwell Polk 12, PJ Davis 12, Eda Nyiwe 4, Jason Warner 2.

BW: Chucky Hepburn 24, Nico Felici 16, John Shanklin 10, Louis Fidler 7, Deng Jal 7, Nate Sullivan 6, Tre Hepburn 4, David Noor 4, Owen Woodard 2.

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