DERBY — The Newton High School boys’ basketball team fell too far behind too early, falling to Derby 73-64 Friday in AV-CTL I play in Derby.

“We did look like we were ready to play to start the game, and that’s on me more than anything else,” Newton coach Andy Hill said. “We kind of had a lack of focus and a lack of purpose there early on. We allowed them to make us play their game instead of our game. We got sped up. We took some bad shots. We had some turnovers. It wasn’t an effort thing. Those guys played hard, especially in the second half. They played their butts off. They never quit. We were winded at the end. It was an up and down game and we were exhausted.”

Derby was led by Josh Clavin and Nyjee Wright each with 17 points. Freshman Grant Adler added 14.

Newton freshman Ty Berry led the Railers with 20 points, followed by Cailen Valdez with 15, Nathan Ahrens with 14 and Damarius Peterson with 12. The rest of the team scored just three points.

Derby improves to 12-4, 7-2 in AV-CTL I play. Newton falls to 5-11, 4-4 in league play.

Derby hit from the outside early to take a 15-6 lead in the first 5 1/2 minutes of play. Newton broke the Panther run with a Berry trey from the corner with four seconds left in the period to get the Railers within six, 18-9.

Newton again started trading twos for threes early in the second quarter. The Railers trailed by as many as 15. Newton cut it to 14 at the half, 34-20. The Railers had a basket disallowed in the period because it wasn’t recorded in the home scorebook.

Newton was outscored 5-1 to start the third quarter. Newton was getting fouls called, but three for seven from the line in the first five minutes of the period. Newton got back to within 12 late in the quarter. A Josh Clavin layup with four seconds left in the period put Derby up by 14, 53-39.

Newton was outscored 5-2 to start the fourth quarter. Newton closed to within seven on a Berry layup with 53.9 seconds to play. Newton got a turnover on the inbounds, but turned it back over for a Derby layup.

Newton hosts Hutchinson at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Salina South at home Friday.

“All of our goals are still in sight,” Hill said. “Both teams have gotten better, but we have gotten better. Those are our last games at home. We want to send the seniors off in the right way.”

NEWTON (5-11, 4-4) — Kelley 0 0-0 5, 0; Lawrence 1 1-2 3, 3; Valdez 3 (1) 6-9 2, 15; Neufeld 0 0-0 2, 0; Malcolm 0 0-0 0, 0; Ahrens 4 (1) 3-6 2, 14; Hamm 0 0-0 0, 0; Jones 0 0-0 1, 0; Berry 5 (1) 4-7 4, 20; Schroeder 0 0-0 0, 0; Peterson 6 0-1 3, 12; TOTALS 19 (3) 17-29 22, 64.

DERBY (12-4, 7-2 AV-CTL I) — Camacho 0 0-0 0, 0; Dowdy 0 0-0 2, 0; Wright 1 (3) 6-8 3, 17; Taylor 0 0-0 3, 0; Karsak 0 0-0 0, 0; Washington 0 0-0 0, 0; Adler 3 (2) 2-4 3, 14; Clavin 7 3-5 2, 17; Wilson 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; Hood 0 0-0 0, 0; Gordon 1 (1) 3-4 3, 8; Gillison 0 0-0 0, 0; Brown 3 0-0 3, 6; Bell 2 (1) 1-4 3, 8; TOTALS 17 (8) 15-25 23, 73.

Newton;9;11;19;25;—64

Derby;18;16;19;20;—73