EL DORADO — After two weak second quarters in a row, the Newton High School boys’ basketball team used a strong second quarter to get by host El Dorado 64-44 Saturday in the seventh-place game of the Bluestem Classic.

Newton outscored the Wildcats 20-7 in the second quarter. Newton, 5-7, snaps a three-game losing streak.

“Learning to put a whole game together is challenging,” Newton coach Andy Hill said. “We need to be consistent with our energy level and your effort. We did a good job in the second quarter. We slept walked through the third quarter and part of the fourth. I was happy with the way we closed out the game.”

Ty Berry led the Railers with 26 points. Cailen Valdez and Damarius Peterson added 15 points each. Valdez scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, hitting six of six from the line.

“We did a really good job of rebounding and we did a better job of shooting than we have. We made free throws. Our effort was much better today. (Three games in three days) is tiring but you get your rest in time outs. We just had to play through it. It’s part of staying in shape.”

“Damarius put together two really good games in a row,” Hill said. “Jamieson (Jones) was in there banging. We were playing hard inside. That’s an area we need to take advantage of.”

Newton finished the game 20 of 36 from the field and 20 of 23 from the line.

Jarin Koehler led El Dorado with 19 points, 11 in the third quarter. Cameron Clausing scored 17 points, 12 in the fourth quarter.

The Railers struggled with ball handling in the first quarter, committing four turnovers under minimal pressure from the Wildcats. Neither team led by more than two points in the quarter. The Railers led 9-8 at the end of the period.

Newton opened the second quarter with a 5-0 run. After a 5-0 El Dorado run, Newton got treys from Berry and Cailen Valdez and layups from Peterson and Berry to take an 11-point lead.

After an El Dorado time out, Newton added a Jamieson Jones layup. Jarin Koehler broke the Railer run with a layup, but Berry hit a trey at the buzzer to put Newton ahead 29-15.

El Dorado had five turnovers in the second quarter to none for Newton.

Berry outscored the Wildcats 6-4 to open the third quarter. Koehler then hit a trey to get El Dorado within 13. After a Newton time out, Koehler added a layup. Newton got back out by 17, but El Dorado cut it back to 13 on a pair of Koehler free throws. A Jones putback at the buzzer put Newton up 43-28.

With El Dorado refusing to defend beyond the 3-point arc, Newton kept trying to force the ball inside in the fourth quarter, sparking an 8-2 El Dorado run.

The Wildcats then went into a press to force several more Railer turnovers, but El Dorado was unable to take advantage. A pair of Peterson free throws and a slam put Newton back up by 13. A Berry three-point play with 4:24 to play put Newton up by 16. Valdez followed with two free throws. Valdez hit two free throws with 2:08 to play to put Newton up by 20. Newton’s reserves came in in the last 86 seconds. El Dorado’s followed about 20 seconds later.

“We had to figure out how to get through their press and not get beat long,” Berry said.

Newton hosts McPherson at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ravenscroft Gym.

“I know the guys are excited about that one,” Hill said. “It’s a great opportunity and a challenge. We’ll have to do a lot of things really well. They are very experienced. They have won a lot of games together. They can beat you in a lot of different ways. We’ll have to be ready to guard. We have to take care of the basketball and give it everything we’ve got.”

NEWTON (5-7) — Presley - 0 0-0 2, 0; Valdez 3 (1) 6-6 1, 15; Hampton 0 0-0 2, 0; Wondra 0 0-0 0, 0; Wondra 0 0-0 0, 0; Cassil 0 0-0 0, 0; McBeth 1 0-0 1, 2; Jones 2 2-2 2, 6; Berry 5 (3) 7-9 3, 26; Peterson 5 5-6 3, 15; Ruth 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 16 (4) 20-23 14, 64.

EL DORADO (2-9 ) — Jensen 0 0-0 0, 0; Haines 0 (1) 0-0 2, 3; Price 0 0-0 1, 0; Wittenburg 0 1-3 1, 3; Johnson 0 0-0 0, 0; Wittom 0 0-0 0, 0; Duryea 0 0-0 5, 0; Koehler 6 (1) 4-4 2, 19; Hanks 0 0-0 0, 0; Armijo 0 0-0 2, 0; Walker 0 2-2 0, 2; Clausing 6 5-7 3, 17; TOTALS 12 (2) 14-16 16, 44.


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