The Newton High School boys’ basketball team got its mojo back Friday night in its Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I opener, stopping Campus 66-57 at Ravenscroft Gym.
Last year, Newton allowed Campus comebacks in both games, losing the first meeting in overtime.
“I got nervous,” Newton coach Andy Hill said. “We had three or four empty possessions in a row in the fourth quarter and I was having flashbacks to last year. We did a decent job of hitting free throws and getting rebounds down the stretch. They got within seven. Alex (Krogmeier) hit that three and that was a big three for us.”
Ty Berry led Newton with 24 points.
“We worked really hard on defense,” Berry said. “We had two really good practices before this game. We had been giving up 75 points a game our last two games, so we wanted to keep them under that. We did a good job on D. We got a lot of deflections.”
The game was very physical, especially in the fourth quarter. Berry was 15 of 18 from the free throw line, nine of 10 in the fourth quarter.
“You just have to respond positively to all the adversity in the game,” Berry said. “Free throws are clutch. It was good to hit those. We just were able to move the ball real well.”
Krogmeier finished with 14 points, a personal best for the sophomore. Cailen Valdez scored 13, followed by Damarius Peterson with 11.
“I was really happy the way Alex put the ball on the floor and attacked the rim,” Hill said. “He likes to post up and shoot, but he’s capable of driving the ball. I was happy with the way he played aggressive. We know he’s capable of that.”
Tyler Kahmann led Campus with 16 points, followed by 6-foot-7 Cade Howard with 12 and Tanner Leslie with 10.
The game featured 47 fouls with three players fouling out. Newton was 26 of 36 from the line, while Campus was 10 of 20. The game featured a large number of player control fouls on offense for each team.
“It was a physical game, and we expect that every time we play Campus,” Hill said. “We shot free throws well.”
Newton jumped out to a 12-6 lead, but then gave up a 12-0 run to end the first quarter down 18-12.
Newton made a 9-2 run to open the second quarter capped by a Kolin Sauceda trey with 3:20 left in the half. A Berry trey with 2:46 left in the half put Newton up by three. Tyler Kahmann hit a short jumper with 49 seconds left in the quarter to cut the Railer lead to one at the half, 24-23.
Newton finished the half seven of 15 shooting, while Campus was nine of 18, two for five in the second quarter.
The Railers opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run to prompt a Colt time out. Steele Chapman broke the run with a 3-pointer. Peterson replied with one of two free throws. Berry hit two free throws with 2:55 in the period to put Newton up by 10. On a following possession, Berry hit one of two free throws. Newton led by nine at the end of the quarter, 40-31.
Krogmeier opened the fourth-quarter scoring with one of two free throws. After a Campus basket, Krogmeier hit a three-point play. Newton led by as many as 12 early in the fourth quarter. Campus drew as close as seven, but a Krogmeier trey put Newton back up by 10 with 2:44 to play.
Newton hit free throws down the stretch to keep Campus at bay.
Newton plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Valley Center. The Hornets are 1-1 pending the outcome of Friday’s game against Kingman.
“They are still finding themselves,” Hill said. “They have a talented player from Heights. We just have to play our game and improve what we do. We have to take care of the basketball.”
CAMPUS (0-3, 0-1 AV-CTL I) — Harvey 4 1-2 3, 9; Ster.Chapman 2 0-0 5, 4; Selenke 0 0-0 0, 0; Stee.Chapman 0 (1) 1-2 5, 4; Kahmann 4 (2) 2-3 4, 16; Leslie 1 (2) 2-2 3, 10; Martinez 1 0-0 2, 2; Howard 4 4-11 4, 12; TOTALS 16 (5) 10-20 26, 57.
NEWTON (1-2, 1-0 AV-CTL I) — Presley 0 0-0 1, 0; Valdez 4 5-9 4, 13; Krogmeier 3 (2) 2-3 3, 14; Sauceda 0 (1) 0-0 0, 3; Hampton 0 1-2 3, 1; Berry 3 (1) 15-18 4, 24; Peterson 4 3-4 5, 11; Ruth 0 0-0 1, 0; TOTALS 14 (4) 26-36 21, 66.
Technical foul — New.: Berry.