The Newton High School boys’ basketball team couldn’t get enough players in the offense, falling to fourth-ranked Maize (KBCA, Class 5A) 63-50 Thursday night in AV-CTL I play at Ravencroft Gym.

Just four Newton players scored, and just two had more than five points. Ty Berry scored 28 points, followed by Damarius Peterson with 16, Alex Krogmeier with five and Jaxon Brackeen with one.

“Offensively, we just have to get more guys confidence scoring points,” Newton coach Andy Preston said. “They need to make plays. That’s what it comes down to. They had a good game plan. They played great defense on Damarius and Ty. We are going to shoot the ball well in the second half of the season. We have to work on our offensive game. Maize is a really good defensive team. They kind of stymied us. After the first quarter, we handled the ball very well. In the first quarter, we were careless and not focused. We got back in the game in the second half and then we hit a lull.”

Maize, 7-0 overall and 4-0 in league play, was led by Caleb Grill with 27 points. Brandle Easter Jr. added 16.

“Caleb Grill is a phenomenal player,” Preston said. “(Tanner Ohnmeis) had a career night. They had a lot of guys step up. You have to credit Maize.”

Early Railer turnovers and Maize’s outside shooting put Newton down 13-5 in the first 5 1/2 minutes of play. Newton had two more turnovers in the period, but only allowed two points, trailing 15-5 at the end of the period.

Newton worked itself back in the game in the second quarter. A Berry three-point play got the Railers within four with 3:14 left in the half. Maize got back out by eight, but Berry hit a trey with 2.3 seconds left in the period, putting Newton back within five, 26-21.

Peterson opened the second half with a putback, but Maize came back with a 7-0 run. The Eagles led by as many as 14. A Krogmeier shot cut that to 12, 43-31, at the end of the quarter.

Maize scored first in the fourth quarter, but the Railers came back with a 7-0 run. Grill answered with a pair of 3-pointers. Maize then put the game away with four of seven free throws to lead by 17.

Newton drops to 2-4, 2-2 in league play. The Railers host Hutchinson at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

“We need to take some time off,” Preston said. “We have six games. It will be nice to get some days off. We have to rest some bodies. Quite a few of our starting guys have logged a lot of minutes. When we get back, we will really compete and get after it. We have to get more people involved in the offense and playing with confidence.”

MAIZE (7-0, 4-0 AV-CTL I) — C.Grill 3 (6) 3-3 1, 27; Easter 7 2-6 3, 16; Stanton 0 0-0 2, 0; Sampson 0 0-0 0, 0; Ohnmeis 4 1-2 2, 9; Grimes 1 1-4 4, 3; Owings 0 0-0 0, 0; Koehn 2 0-0 0, 4; Hampton 1 2-2 0, 4; TOTALS 18 (6) 9-17 12, 63.

NEWTON (2-4, 2-2 AV-CTL I) — Presley 0 0-0 0, 0; Brackeen 0 1-2 1, 1; Berry 6 (4) 4-6 4, 28; Sauceda 0 0-0 2, 0; Krogmeier 1 (1) 0-0 3, 5; Jones 0 0-0 0, 0; Peterson 8 0-0 4, 16; Mills 0 0-0 1, 0; Ruth 0 0-0 1, 0; TOTALS 15 (5) 5-8 16, 50.