Bellevue took control with an early run in the second half, and Lincoln could never catch back up, falling 60-55 to the Wolverines on Friday night in the 3A state regionals at Mount Tahoma High School to see their season come to an end.
The teams went to halftime tied 28-28, as the Abes' Josiah Barsh fed Cameron Collins - who scored all 11 of his points in the first half - for a layup at the buzzer to level the score. But Bellevue went on a 10-2 run in just over three minutes in the third quarter, as Sharif Khan's three-pointer made it 38-30 with 4:38 left in the period.
From that point on, the Wolverines had an answer every time Lincoln tried to make a charge. Barsh drove for a layup to cut the deficit to 52-47 with 1:49 remaining in the game, but Bellevue forward Jack Walton fed Kyle Foreman for an open layup to respond at the other end. Trevion Brown nailed a desperate three-pointer in the final minute, and Ahmaad Rorie converted three free throws with 18 seconds to keep the Abes within 58-55, but the Wolverines salted the game away at the free-throw line.
The game featured a 45-minute delay late in the first quarter, when the fire alarm went off and the entire gym was forced to be emptied, with both teams heading to their locker rooms.
LINCOLN: Ahmaad Rorie 15, Cameron Collins 11, Josiah Barsh 10, Trevion Brown 9, Justice Martion 8, Londrell Hamilton 2
BELLEVUE: Jack Walton 14, Sharif Khan 12, Timmy Haehl 9, Kyle Foreman 9, Dylan Foreman 7, Gunther Klimes 6, Mikey Henn 3