The Newton High School boys’ basketball team showed a lot of fight against the Maize Eagles but fell down too far, losing 57-49 Friday in the regular-season finale at Ravenscroft Gym. Newton cut a 17-point deficit to seven in the second half.


The Newton High School boys’ basketball team showed a lot of fight against the Maize Eagles but fell down too far, losing 57-49 Friday in the regular-season finale at Ravenscroft Gym. Newton cut a 17-point deficit to seven in the second half.

“We played much better than we did Thursday,” Newton coach Don Cameron said. “We competed well. ... I felt like the guys played hard. They were aggressive. They played physical. We were strong with the ball, catching the ball, instead of catching it and letting them take it away. We were a good basketball team that got beat by a good basketball team.”

Maize used a run that started late in the first quarter and extended into the second quarter to take control of the game.

“Those were turnovers,” Cameron said. “We were taking long passes. We cannot take long passes, especially who we are, against a team that is quick and athletic.”

Maize was led by Derek Lee with 19 points. J.C. Sturgeon scored 12 points and Ryan McCarthy scored 11.

Newton was led by Kyle Preston with 16 points and Jensen Kingsley with 13.

“Jensen Kingsley was strong with the basketball,” Cameron said. “Austin Vermillion was physical. I tip my hat off to him with his shoulder injury. That’s limited. He’s had back problems. He’s been a warrior. Shelby Grosch played strong off the bench. I liked Jon (Alexander)’s intensity. We were just a much better basketball team. I’m proud of the guys.”

Down 10-9 early, the Railers gave up a 6-0 run to end the first quarter. Maize scored the first four points of the second quarter. Sturgeon hit back to back threes to put Maize up by 13 late in the second quarter. Maize led by as many as 17. Kingsley hit a pair of free throws with 28 seconds left in the half to get Newton within 15, 30-15.

Newton opened the third quarter with a 7-2 run to get back within 10. Maize answered with a run to get back out by 19. Newton cut the lead to 13 at the end of the quarter, 43-30.

Newton continued to fight in the fourth quarter, getting within seven late in the game.

Newton will play at 7 p.m. Thursday at either Salina Central or McPherson. The opponent will be determined today.

“If our guys go out and compete like they did tonight, it could be a game,” Cameron said.

MAIZE (14-6, 9-3 AV-CTL I) — Hall 1 2-2 1, 4; Pontious 0 0-0 0, 0; Marrow 0 1-2 0, 1; Schiltz 0 0-0 0, 0; Venuz 1 0-0 0, 2; McBroom 0 0-0 1, 0; Strunk 0 2-4 1, 2; McCarthy 3 (1) 2-2 3, 11; Sturgeon 0 (4) 0-3 0, 12; Cole 1 0-0 0, 2; White 0 0-0 1, 0; Eleeson 0 0-0 0, 0; Lee 8 3-5 4, 19; Wolgamott 2 0-2 2, 4; TOTALS 16 (5) 10-20 13, 57.

NEWTON (2-18, 0-12 AV-CTL I) — Kingsley 0 (3) 4-4 2, 13; Walker 0 0-0 0, 0; Grosch 2 0-0 2, 4; Denno 1 0-0 3, 2; Preston 5 (1) 3-5 1, 16; Vermillion 1 (1) 1-2 3, 6; Wright 0 0-0 1, 0; Lawrence 0 0-0 0, 0; Dorrell 2 0-0 1, 4; Alexander 2 0-0 4, 4; TOTALS 13 (5) 8-11 17, 49.

Maize 16 14 13 16 —57

Newton 9 6 15 19 —49