HUTCHINSON — Something about the Hutchinson Salt Hawks have had the Newton High School boys’ basketball team’s number this year.
In the first meeting earlier this year, Newton needed a buzzer beater to down the Salt Hawks. Tuesday at the Salt Hawk Activity Center, Newton had to come back from a six-point deficit late in the third quarter to claim a 65-58 win in AV-CTL I play.
“Everytime we play Hutch, it seems like we’re not focused,” Newton sophomore Ty Berry said. “We think we’re going to come in here and walk over them. That’s not the case. They gave us everything they had. We finally found a way to win it. I was struggling with my free throws. My legs were kind of tired. At the end, I had to knock them down. They were important. You’ve got to use the legs.”
“They play hard,” Newton coach Andy Hill said. “They play really hard. I just don’t think tonight, we matched the effort. They outworked us. Anything that has to do with effort and energy, they out worked us tonight. That was disappointing for us that we didn’t take care of things.”
Berry scored 26 points for the Railers, hitting four 3-pointers and 10 of 15 free throws. Alex Krogmeier added 15 points, 11 in the third quarter. Cailen Valdez scored 10 points, eight in the second half.
Newton finished 19 of 36 from the field, while Hutchinson was 20 of 40 after a seven of 21 start.
Davian Vigil led Hutchinson with 13 points, hitting 11 of 16 from the line. Tate Webster scored 12 points. Tre’Vaughn Jones scored 10 points.
Hutchinson falls to 5-13, 0-10 in AV-CTL I play. Newton sweeps the regular-season series.
Newton jumped out to an 8-3 lead and then gave up an 8-2 run. A K.J. Hampton layup with 25 seconds left in the period put Newton back up 12-11.
Newton outscored Hutchinson 5-2 to start the second quarter. After a Salt Hawk trey, Berry was undercut on a layup attempt for an intentional foul. Berry hit one of the two free throws and Jamieson Jones followed with a layup. Berry added a trey off a turnover to get Newton up by seven.
Hutchinson cut the Railer advantage to five at the half, 23-18.
Newton got out by nine early in the third quarter, but turnovers allowed Hutchinson to make an 18-5 run. The Salt Hawks led by as many as six. Berry hit two free throws with .5 seconds left to get Newton back within one, 43-42.
Cailen Valdez opened the fourth-quarter scoring with a three-point play to put Newton back in the lead. Peterson followed with one of two free throws. Newton missed chances to pull away further. Max Ontjes hit a trey with 4:54 in regulation to put Hutchinson back in the lead. Berry answered for Newton.
A Krogmeier trey put Newton up by five with four minutes in regulation. Berry added a layup to put the Railers up by seven.
Berry hit one of two free throws with 1:24 to play to put Newton up by eight. Vigil hit one of two for Hutchinson four seconds later.
Up by eight, Newton gave up a pair of Vigil free throws and a Tre’Vaughn Jones layup to allow Hutchinson within four with 27.5 seconds to play.
Berry broke the run with a pair of free throws with 19.9 seconds remaining.
“We started pressuring,” Berry said. “We made them turn it over and made them take contested shots. We were able to get some buckets off those.”
“We were fortunate to make some shots late,” Hill said. “If it had been an off-shooting night for us, it would have been a much different story. We have guys who can shoot the ball and they did tonight. Alex hit some big ones. Ty hit some big ones. Cailen did a good job of getting to the rim. He attacked the rim.”
Newton, 8-9 overall and 5-3 in AV-CTL I play, plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Salina South, which is coming off an 85-35 loss to Derby, falling to 4-14, 3-6 in league play.
“South is playing well right now,” Hill said. “The other night, they beat Hutch by 30. They beat Campus Friday night by two. We’re going to have to be ready for them.”
NEWTON (8-9, 5-3 AV-CTL I) — Presley 0 0-0 1, 0; Valdez 2 (1) 3-5 2, 10; Krogmeier 1 (4) 1-2 2, 15; Sauceda 0 0-0 0, 0; Hampton 2 0-0 0, 4; Jones 3 0-1 2, 6; Berry 2 (4) 10-15 2, 26; Peterson 0 4-6 4, 4; TOTALS 10 (9) 18-29 14, 65.
HUTCHINSON (5-13, 0-10 AV-CTL I) — Vigil 1 11-16 0, 13; T.Jones 5 0-0 3, 10; Cole 2 (1) 2-2 4, 9; Ontjes 1 (1) 0-0 5, 5; Heneha 1 (1) 0-0 4, 5; Webster 3 (2) 0-0 3, 12; Davis 0 0-0 1, 0; Turner 2 0-1 0, 4; TOTALS 15 (5) 13-19 20, 58.
Technical foul — New.: Presley.