There may be no more moral victories left for the Newton High School boys’ basketball team.

The Railers went toe-to-toe with the seventh-ranked (KBCA, Class 6A) Derby Pathers Tuesday night in AV-CTL I play at Ravenscroft Gym before falling 56-49. Newton was outscored 8-1 in the final minute.

“They are all tired of hearing it and tired of saying it,” Newton coach Andy Hill said. “We expected to win that game. It’s what we talked about all week in preparation. The guys were confident in their abilities and in the game plan and expected to win. It was a tie game with a minute left. We lost a guy on the three (Trevor Gordon) and he hit. It was a defensive breakdown. We didn’t rotate. We weren’t able to score on the other end. Then we had turnovers. I’m very proud of the way we played. Outside of a couple stretches, we handled their pressure well. That’s what Derby does to you. They pressure you for 32 minutes. They wear you down. We didn’t wear down physically, but mentally.”

Derby, 5-1 overall and 4-1 in AV-CTL I play, was led ny Nyjee Wright with 19 points, followed by Josh Clavin with 13 and Gordon with 12.

Ty Berry scored 24 points for Newton. Cailen Valdez added 10.

Newton turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions of the game, but only trailed 3-2 after the first three minutes of the game. Tied 5-5, Derby scored a pair of baskets, followed by a Berry layup with 36 seconds to play to put the Panthers ahead 9-7 at the end of the period.

Newton outscored Derby 6-1 to open the second period. Derby then forced some turnovers to make a 12-2 run, aided by Railer fouls. A Josh Clavin putback with one second left in the quarter put Derby up by seven at the half, 24-17.

After trading twos for threes early in the third quarter, Newton made a 12-0 run. Newton tied the game on a pair of Cailen Valdez free throws with 2:49 left in the period. After a defensive stop, Berry buried an NBA-length three to put Newton ahead 35-32 with 2:09 left in the quarter.

Brett Bell snapped the Newton run with one of two free throws with one of two free throws with 1:23 left in the period. A Berry reverse layup with 1:01 was the last basket of the period, putting Newton ahead 37-33.

Derby opened the fourth quarter with a 7-2 run. Berry tied the game with one of two free throws with 3:37 in regulation. After four lead changes, Berry again tied the game with two free throws with 1:07 in regulation. Gordon answered with a trey 11 seconds later. Newton missed a 3-point attempt with 30 seconds left.

Derby missed the front end of a one-and-bonus with 26 seconds left. The rebound was tied up and the possession arrow favored Derby. Daniel Dowdy hit one of two free throws two seconds later. Newton rebounded the miss, but turned the ball over and gave up two free throws.

Berry hit one of two free throws with 13.7 seconds left. Wright answered with two free throws on the other end.

Newton, 2-7 overall and 2-3 in AV-CTL I play, faces second-ranked (KBCA, Class 4A-II) Holcomb at 7 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Dodge City Tournament of Champions at the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City. Holcomb is 7-1 after a 57-45 win Tuesday over Scott City.

“We need that time off,” Hill said. “We’ve got some kids who are tired. We’ve got some kids who are sick. We’ve played probably as many games as anyone in the state. We haven’t had an off-day yet. We’ve played about half our regular-season games already.”

DERBY (5-1, 4-1 AV-CTL I) — Camacho 0 0-0 0, 0; Dawdy 0 (1) 1-2 1, 4; Wright 3 (1) 10-11 2, 19; Taylor 0 2-2 1, 2; Adler 0 1-2 0, 1; Clavin 5 (1) 0-0 0, 13; Wilson 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; Gordon 1 (3) 1-2 0, 12; Brown 0 0-0 2, 0; Bell 1 0-0 4, 2; TOTALS 10 (7) 15-19 11, 56.

NEWTON (2-7, 2-3 AV-CTL I) — Kelley 0 0-0 1, 0; Lawrence 1 0-0 4, 2; 4 2-2 3, 10; Neufelf 0 0-0 4, 0; Ahrens 2 0-0 1, 4; Hamm 0 0-0 0, 0; Berry 7 (2) 4-6 4, 24; Schroeder 0 (1) 0-0 0, 3; Peterson 2 2-4 4, 6; TOTALS 16 (3) 8-12 21, 49.