In a match-up of conference newcomers, Lincoln Pius X won the HAC tournament championship 73-69 over Kearney on Monday. The Thunderbolts were led by senior Charlie Easley, who scored a game-high 33 points.
Easley had an out-burst to start the third quarter, scoring 11 consecutive points. He finished with 14 in the period, including a banked 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Kearney trimmed the Thunderbolts' lead to 2 points in the final minutes, but Easley made a pair of free throws with :10 seconds remaining to seal the win. The Bearcats were led by Shiloh Robinson's 29 points.