Early in the season, the Newton High School boys’ basketball team lost two games on 3-point shots at the buzzer.


Early in the season, the Newton High School boys’ basketball team lost two games on 3-point shots at the buzzer.

Against Wichita Trinity Academy Saturday in the consolation finals of the Bluestem Classic in El Dorado, history didn’t repeat itself. Carson Miller’s attempt drew iron and bounced out, giving the Railers a 41-39 win over the second-seeded Knights. It also gave the Railers back-to-back wins for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

“Execution-wise, that was our poorest game of the tournament, but you have to give our kids an A for mental toughness,” Newton coach Don Cameron said.

While there wasn’t much bench scoring in the game, Newton was able to go deeper on the bench, keeping its starters fresher.

“Our bench was a big difference,” Cameron said. “Like I said yesterday, even when they don’t score, our bench gives us good minutes out there.”

Jenson Kingsley led Newton with 13 points, but was held to two points in the second half. Shelby Grosch was held to two points in the first half, but scored 10 in the second half.

Ryan Miller scored 13 points for Trinity. Alex Kessinger added 10 points.

“Matt Lawrence hit some big baskets for us late,” Cameron said. “Austin Kromeier hit some big baskets for us. ... Shelby Grosch responded well in the second half. He had an untypical first half, and he had to settle down. He drew another big charge for us.

“We executed so well against Collegiate and Campus. We didn’t execute as well today, but our kids persevered.”

Newton struggled from the field early, but started hitting late in the period. Down 6-2, the Railers took a 9-8 lead. Trinity hit one of two free throws late in the period to tie the game 9-9.

Trinity opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run, aided by three Railer turnovers. Kingsley broke the run with a trey, sparking a 12-4 Railer run.

Krogmeier tied the game with a layup from Kingsley with 1:06 remaining in the half. Newton missed two chances to take the lead in the final minute of the half.

Newton gave up a 5-0 run to start the third quarter, aided by three turnovers and four missed shots. Trinity was three of four from the line in the run. Back-to-back layups for Grosch gave Newton a 29-28 lead with 3:13 remaining in the period. Newton didn’t score for the rest of the period. Trinity was able to get a basket and one of two free throws to take a 31-29 lead.

Krogmeier opened the fourth quarter with a driving shot. Newton took the lead on a Grosch three-point play with 6:03 left in regulation. Lawrence followed with back-to-back jumpers to put the Railers up by seven. Lawrence’s second shot was set up by a blocked shot on the other end.

Ryan Miller broke the run with a layup with 3:59 in regulation. Grosch hit one of two throws for Newton, followed by two free throws for Trinity’s Wilson Alexander, cutting the Railer lead to four.

Lawrence hit one of two free throws with 2:59 in regulation. Grant Walker followed with one of two free throws 18 seconds later.

Trinity came back with two free throws for Carson Miller and a short jumper for Ryan Miller, both off turnovers. Newton turned the ball over again, but got a turnover back, but Krogmeier was called for a charge with 30.5 seconds in regulation.

After a Trinity turnover, Walker missed two free throws with 17.7 missed two free throws, but Trinity’s buzzer-beater fell short.

Newton plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at McPherson.

“We have three tough games in a row with Mac, Hutch and Maize,” Cameron said. “It takes a certain mentality to win at the Roundhouse. They are very good. They are quick. There’s an atmosphere at the Roundhouse that has to be handled. You can’t get caught up in a lot of stuff.”