EL DORADO — The Newton High School boys’ basketball team couldn’t overcome a first-half deficit, falling to Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 47-38 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 50th Bluestem Classic in El Dorado.

The Railers were able to climb back in the game in the second half, but couldn’t close things out.

“The game was physical, and I don’t think we responded to that very well,” Newton coach Andy Hill said. “We were getting bumped on a lot of our shots. We weren’t getting calls on a lot of those. They were calling it both ways. We just didn’t finish through the contact. Rebounding, we got dominated on the boards in the first half. It was like 18-6. If we expect to compete, we can’t give up that many boards. We gave them too many second chances in the first half. I was proud of the way we worked hard in the second half. We showed some guts. We hung around and got back into it. We just got down too many.”

Scott Valentas led 3-6 Kapaun with 10 points. Mitchell Woodward added nine points.

Newton was led by Ty Berry with 12 points, followed by Jamieson Jones with 10. Only three other players scored.

Damarius Peterson was hampered by foul trouble, picking up three early fouls, which limited his playing time.

Newton struggled on offense early. Leading 9-8, the Railers ended the first quarter giving up a 5-0 Kapaun run.

Kapaun scored the first four points of the second quarter and led by as many as 13 at the end of the half, 26-13.

Newton finished the half five of 18 from the field and two of six from the line. Kapaun was 11 of 24 from the field and three of six from the line.

Newton opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run that featured back-to-back three-point plays for Jones. A Woodward trey sparked a 7-2 Kapaun run to get the Crusaders back up by 11, 35-24.

Neither team scored for the first 2 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter. Damarius Peterson ended the drought with a pair of free throws with 5:24 to play. Peterson followed with a layup before Jack Barrier hit a trey for Kapaun. Newton came back with a Peterson layup and one of two Berry free throws. A pair of Barrier free throws and a Woodward layup put Newton down by 10 with under 90 seconds to play.

Newton falls to 4-6 and plays Wichita Collegiate at 3 p.m. today in the consolation semifinals. Collegiate, 6-3, was downed by Campus 68-59.

“Collegiate will bounce back,” Hill said. “They are a deep team. They play 11 guys. They play 32 minutes. They are physical. They have good athletes. We’ll bounce back. I’m glad we play right away. We won’t have time to dwell on this.”

KAPAUN-MT. CARMEL (3-6) — Hutton 3 1-3 2, 7; Jav.Kennedy 0 0-0 0, 0; Barrier 0 (1) 4-6 1, 7; Jai.Kennedy 2 1-2 0, 5; Eberhardt 0 0-0 2, 0; Valentas 3 4-6 4, 10; Schmitz 2 0-0 4, 4; Altenor 0 0-2 0, 0; Woodward 3 (1) 0-0 4, 9; Johnson 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; McCully 1 0-0 2, 2; TOTALS 14 (3) 10-19 20, 47.

NEWTON (4-6) — Presley 0 0-0 1, 0; Valdez 2 0-2 3, 4; Krogmeier 1 (1) 2-3 2, 5; Hampton 0 0-1 1, 0; Jones 4 2-2 4, 10; Berry 3 6-6 4, 12; Peterson 2 3-5 5, 7; TOTALS 11 (1) 13-18 20, 38.

Kapaun-MC;13;13;9;12;—47

Newton;9;4;11;14;—38