The past several games, the Newton High School boys’ basketball team has been looking for scoring from different people and got that Friday night in a 56-42 win over the Hutchinson Salt Hawks 56-42 Friday night in AV-CTL I play at Ravenscroft Gym.
Hutchinson was held to 14 points in the second half.
Sophomore Jaxon Brackeen scored the last seven points of the third quarter to put Newton up by 13.
“We were getting stops tonight, we just weren’t getting anything done on the offensive end,” Brackeen said. “We stopped their shooters. (Jacob Cole) had three 3-pointers in the first quarter and didn’t have any more after that. That was my second start. … We were really grinding it out in the break, all of the two weeks we had practice.”
“We lost (Cole) early in the game,” Newton coach Andy Preston said. “That was on me. We were trying to get up and down. It was a scramble situation with the press. Coach (Ted) Webster is a fine coach. He took advantage by putting (Cole) in the corner. They made us pay early in the game. You have to give Hutch a lot of credit. They play very hard. They are very physical, one of the most physical teams in the league. They make you guard in the half court.”
Ty Berry led the Railers with 20 points, followed by Damarius Peterson with 12. It was Brackeen’s seven points and five from Kolin Sauceda, along with Sauceda’s defense and rebounding that provided the edge.
“We had a little talk last week and over the break and you could tell (Brackeen) played with confidence tonight,” Preston said. “He missed his first or second shot, but he really stepped up and made some big shots. With a sophomore, sometimes it’s two steps forward and a step back. … With Kolyn, it was the energy. He took a charge. He is willing to drive the ball and get his nose dirty. He plays tough, especially for his size. He’s starting to play more under control.”
Joe Blake led Hutchinson with 12 points, followed by Cole with 11. The Salt Hawks drop to 1-5, 0-3 in league play.
“We were getting the same looks, but they weren’t falling,” Webster said. “The kids executed well. We got the shots we wanted against a really athletic team. We had an eight-point lead. Then we went on a two for 20 stretch. Fouls hurt us. We had a couple ‘bang-bang’ calls that could have gone either way.”
Newton jumped out to an 11-5 lead, but was outscored 13-4 from there. A Berry trey at the buzzer tied the game 18-18.
Newton gave up a 10-2 run to start the second quarter. Newton came back with run of its own, taking a 29-28 lead on a pair of Alex Krogmeier free throws with 1:06 left in the half. Berry followed with a pair of free throws set up by a turnover, putting the Railers up 31-28 at the half.
Hutchinson picked up a pair of fouls 11 seconds into the third quarter. Newton opened the period on a 6-2 run, missing chances to extend the lead. Five Hutchinson turnovers in the first 4:02 of the period hurt the Salt Hawks’ chances to get back in the game. Brackeen’s run put Newton ahead 45-32 at the end of the quarter.
Hutchinson was two of 13 shooting in the period.
Newton added a Jamieson Jones layup to its run to start the fourth quarter. Weston Kraus broke the Hutchinson drought with a layup with a layup two minutes into the period. It would be about another two minutes before the Salt Hawks scored again. Newton pulled away by as many as 18 down the stretch.
Newton, 3-4 overall and 3-2 in league play, plays Tuesday at Goddard, followed by Thursday at Kapaun-Mt. Carmel.
“Goddard is a team that will guard you,” Preston said. “They will rebound the ball. They are trying to find themselves offensively. We’re going to have to show up and play well to win. We’re going to have to execute. Then we have a quick turnaround with Kapaun.”
Hutchinson hosts Salina South Tuesday.
“They are very athletic, very strong,” Webster said. “They will be bigger than us. We’ll come in and compete. It’s one we can get if we play well and execute well.”
HUTCHINSON (1-5, 0-3 AV-CTL I) — Burns 1 0-0 1, 2; Blake 2 (2) 2-2 2, 12; Cole 1 (3) 0-0 5, 11; Holmberg 0 0-0 0, 0; Kraus 3 0-0 2, 6; Heneha 2 0-1 4, 4; Webster 1 5-6 4, 6; Huhs 0 0-1 1, 0; Davis 0 0-0 3, 0; TOTALS 10 (5) 7-10 22, 42.
NEWTON (3-4, 3-2 AV-CTL I) — Presley 0 0-0 0, 0; Brackeen 2 (1) 0-0 3, 7; Berry 4 (2) 6-9 2, 20; Sauceda 1 (1) 0-0 2, 5; Krogmeier 2 (1) 2-2 0, 9; Jones 1 1-4 3, 3; Peterson 5 2-6 3, 12; Mills 0 0-0 0, 0; Ruth 0 0-0 1, 0; TOTALS 15 (5) 11-21 14, 56.