One of Jason Isaacson’s primary sources of motivation as a basketball coach at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln was to have his players enjoy what he called the pinnacle of his prep playing career.

It’s been on both teams’ minds since their last meeting, and now it’s finally a reality. Sioux City East vs. Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln for a trip to the Class 4-A state tournament.

Council Bluffs Lewis Central is still discovering what its rotation will look like. Many of its players are filling different roles — very different ones, in some cases. The learning curve began with a 67-60 loss to Sioux City East on Tuesday night in both schools’ boys basketball opener.