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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Railer boys fall in final seconds

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  • SALINA — In a matter of seconds, the Newton High School boys’ basketball team went from ecstasy to heartbreak in a 43-42 loss to Salina Central Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play in Salina. Lane Pauls hit a trey with 45 seconds remaining to put the Railers up by two. Central answered with a trey 33 seconds later that the Railers did not reply to. The lead traded hands several times in the game, with neither team able to pull out to any comfort zone. “I’m proud of our kids, very proud of our kids,” Newton coach Don Cameron said. “We fought. Boy did we fight. They were bigger, quicker. Our kids showed a lot of courage. I just feel bad for them. When Central went up, we didn’t show any panic. We didn’t show any fear.” Newton was without key reserve Jacob Wright due to illness. Cameron said backup guard Josh Carlgren played even though he wasn’t feeling well. “At halftime, we didn’t know if he would come back,” Cameron said. Mark Vaughn led Central with 12 points, followed by Treyton Hines with nine, Kuhn with eight and Justin Bengtson with eight. Jordan McNeely scored six and the rest of the team didn’t score. All nine Newton players in the game scored. Jack Kingsley led the Railers with eight points. Austin Krogmeier added seven points. Central improves to 9-5, 6-1 in AV-CTL I play. The Mustangs avenge their sole loss in league play as the two teams split the season series. Central jumped out 6-0, followed by a 6-0 Railer run. A Vaughn trey put Central up 9-6 at the end of the quarter. Newton started hitting from the outside in the second quarter, leading by as many as three. The Railers led 21-20 at the half. Newton was eight of 17 from the field in the first half. Central was seven of 19. The Railers scored first in the third quarter, but gave up a 6-0 run. Down four late in the quarter, Newton scored the next five points. A Josh Robinson tip in at the buzzer put the Railers up 35-34. Newton scored first in the fourth quarter, but then gave up a 6-0 run to fall behind by three. Krogmeier hit two free throws with 2:05 in regulation to get the Railers back within one. After trading turnovers, Pauls hit a trey with 45 seconds remaining to put Newton back in the lead. Kuhn replied with a trey with 12 seconds in regulation. Newton called time out with 6.7 seconds in regulation. A Gunar Drinnen shot at the buzzer took two bounces on the rim and went out. “I thought it was bouncing in,” Cameron said. “... The kids did some good things tonight. I thought this was a step the right direction.” Newton falls to 4-10, 2-5 in AV-CTL I play. Newton hosts Salina South at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. “We’re going to put it together,” Cameron said. “They’re a great group of young men.”
    Page 2 of 2 - NEWTON (4-10, 2-5 AV-CTL I) — Krogmeier 2 3-4 3, 7; Morrison 1 0-0 2, 2; Drinnen 1 (1) 0-0 2, 5; Walker 0 (1) 0-0 2, 3; Carlgren 1 1-2 2, 3; J.Kingsley 1 (2) 0-2 1, 8; Downey 3 0-2 1, 6; Pauls 0 (2) 0-0 1, 6; Robinson 1 0-0 0, 2; TOTALS 10 (6) 4-10 14, 42. SALINA CENTRAL (9-5, 6-1 AV-CTL I) — Cooper 0 0-0 4, 0; Bengtson 4 0-0 0, 8; Kuhn 1 (2) 0-0 3, 8; Kossow 0 0-0 1, 0; Allen 0 0-0 0, 0; Robl 0 0-0 0, 0; Hines 3 3-3 2, 9; Vaughn 3 (1) 3-3 3, 12; McNelly 3 0-2 2, 6; TOTALS 14 (3) 6-8 15, 43. Newton 6 15 14 7 —42 S.Central 9 11 14 9 —43
     
     
     
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