15-point run stalls Railer boys

Mark Schnabel
The Kansan
Newton senior Elijah Edwards guards Maize South senior Byron Fitchpatrick during play Friday in Newton.
Newton junior Joe Slechta makes a pass during play Friday against Maize South.
Newton senior Jackson Brackeen scored 24 points in a 59-49 loss to Maize South.
Newton junior Owen Mills, right, guards Maize South junior Javan Buchanan during play Friday at Ravenscroft Gym.
Newton junior Dylan Petz scored 13 points in a 59-49 loss to Maize South Friday.

The Newton High School boys’ basketball team lost the first five minutes against Maize South 15-0 Friday at Ravenscroft Gym.

Newton won the rest of the game 49-44, but the Mavericks still came away with a 59-49 win in AV-CTL I play.

“You have give Maize South credit, they just bullied us on the boards,” Newton coach Andy Preston said. “We’ve been working on rebounds, but we weren’t boxing guys off. They were really pursuing the boards hard. We just didn’t meet the challenge. I thought after those first five minutes, we did. That’s a testament to our guys. But we have to start playing well for more than 26, 27 minutes. We either dig ourselves a hole or lose our legs late.”

Javan Buchanan led 8-7 Maize with 21 points. Quincy Ghoular scored 12 and Byron Fitchpatrick scored 10.

Jaxon Brackeen led Newton with 24 points. Dylan Petz scored 13 points. Owen Mills scored 10 points.

South hit seven of its first nine shots, taking a 15-0 lead. 22 had 10 points in the run. Parker Scott hit a short jumper just before the buzzer to put South up 21-11. Petz scored nine points for Newton in the quarter.

Newton scored the first four points of the second quarter, but South pulled back out by 11. Newton cut the lead to eight at the half, 30-22.

Cold shooting by the Railers allowed South to get back up by 15 in the third quarter. A Brackeen trey late cut that to 12, 48-36.

Brackeen opened the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run to prompt a Maverick time out. Fitchpatrick broke the run with one of two free throws, but Petz answered with a pair of charities with 3:06 remaining. A Mills block set up a Brackeen layup in transition to get Newton within four.

Gholar got South back out by nine with a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer. Fitchpatrick followed with a pair of free throws.

Newton hosts Campus at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

“Tomorrow, the legs are going to be gone a little bit,” Preston said. “We didn’t shoot well from the perimeter today. That means we’re going to have to get to the rim, get to the foul line. We have to get Owen more involved in the offense.”

MAIZE SOUTH (8-7, 3-5 AV-CTL I) — Scott 1 2-4 0, 4; Fitchpatrick 3 4-6 3, 11; Askren 0 (2) 1-2 1, 7; Gholar 1 (2) 4-4 0, 12; Shields 0 0-0 3, 0; Buchanan 7 (2) 1-2 4, 21; Clyne 1 0-0 1, 2; Butler 0 (1) 0-0 0, 3; Queen 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 13 (7) 12-18 12, 59.

NEWTON (1-14, 1-7 AV-CTL I) — Ruth 0 0-0 0, 0; Brackeen 6 (3) 3-5 4, 24; Petz 1 (3) 2-2 1, 13; Dorrell 0 0-0 1, 0; Slechta 1 0-0 4, 2; Mills 4 2-3 1, 10; Edwards 0 0-0 3, 0; TOTALS 12 (6) 7-10 14, 49.



Mark Schnabel can be reached at mschnabel@thekansan.com