EL DORADO — A bad second quarter was enough to derail the Newton High School boys’ basketball team in a 81-68 loss to Wichita Collegiate Friday in the consolation semifinals of the Bluestem Classic in El Dorado.

The loss was Newton’s third straight, setting the Railers back to 4-7. Collegiate, 7-3, advances to the consolation finals.

The difference was a 25-13 second quarter. Newton was able to get close in the second half, but couldn’t complete to comeback.

“It was the second quarter, the same quarter that got us against Kapaun,” Newton coach Andy Hill said. “I thought we played much better tonight from an energy standpoint. The guys were making a concerted effort to do some of the things we were asking them to do in terms of being positive with each other, being good teammates, making good adjustments, sharing the basketball, finding the open man and making a good pass. We’re disappointed that we lost, but we’re going to look at the positives.”

Riley Dick led Collegiate with 27 points, followed by Cody McNerney with 25. The two combined for five 3-pointers. Gabe Fisher scored 13.

Ty Berry led Newton with 22 points, followed by Damarius Peterson with 20, Cailen Valdez with 14 and Jamieson Jones with 10. Newton used just three other players. Newton was without guard Alex Krogmeier for what Hill said were disciplinary reasons.

“The six we played stepped up and played hard,” Hill said. “They played 11. We battled. We played through some foul trouble. We have some positives we can take out of this.”

Down by as many as eight in the first quarter. Newton tied the game on a Peterson layup with 45 seconds left in the period. A Dick 3-pointer just before the buzzer put Collegiate up 21-18.

Newton trailed by as many as 14 in the second quarter. Newton got back within 10 only to give up a 5-0 run capped by a McNerney putback at the buzzer.

Newton was outscored 21-3 from 3-point range. Turnovers were 8-1 against the Railers in the first half.

Newton chipped away at the lead in the third quarter. A Valdez three-point play got the Railers within eight with three minutes left in the quarter. Collegiate got back out by 12. A Peterson dunk with 12 seconds left in the period put Newton within 10, 61-51.

Collegiate opened the fourth quarter with the first four points. Newton came back with six of seven free throws, aided by a Collegiate technical. On the inbounds, Valdez scored a layup to get Newton within six. Collegiate pulled away late.

Newton plays host El Dorado at 1:30 p.m. today in the seventh-place game. El Dorado is 2-8 after a 60-46 loss to Great Bend.

“We’ll watch the first half of their game today and we have film on both of them that we’ll watch tonight,” Hill said.

NEWTON (4-7) — Presley 0 0-1 5, 0; Valdez 5 4-5 4, 14; Hampton 1 0-0 1, 2; Cassil 0 0-0 0, 0; Jones 5 0-0 5, 10; Berry 5 (1) 9-11 4, 22; Peterson 7 6-8 4, 20; TOTALS 23 (1) 19-26 23, 68.

WICHITA COLLEGIATE (7-3) — McNerney 7 (2) 5-6 4, 25; Fisher 5 3-4 2, 13; O’Hearn 0 (1) 0-0 1, 3; Bolden 0 1-2 3, 1; Deiter 0 0-0 1, 0; Reddy 1 0-0 1, 2; Dick 6 (3) 6-6 0, 27; Kelley 0 (1) 1-4 4, 4; Fair 1 1-1 2, 3; Baker 0 2-4 2, 2; Thornton 0 1-2 4, 1; TOTALS 20 (7) 20-29 21, 81.


El Dorado;21;25;15;20;—81

Technical foul — WC: McNerney.