Things looked pretty bleak for the Newton High School boys’ basketball team in overtime against the Campus Colts.
Two of the Railers’ top scorers fouled out. Campus came back from 15 points down to force overtime. Newton was struggling with turnovers. But after initial chaos, the Railers regrouped, put the clamps down on defense and came back to claim a 62-58.
Newton avenges a 57-56 loss against the Colts back in December in Haysville. Newton led by 18 points in that game, but lost on a shot at the buzzer.
“You couldn’t get a more exact replication of that first game, except for the final result,” Newton coach Andy Hill said. “It fell in our favor today. Those kids at Campus never quit. They keep scrapping. Coach (Chris) Davis never stops. I was proud of the way we did finish.”
Newton was led by Ty Berry with 19 points, Demarius Peterson with 15 and Cailen Valdez with 14. Valdez scored five of Newton’s eight points in overtime. Valdez hit a layup and some key free throws in overtime.
“Down the stretch, we kept the aggressiveness up and turned up the intensity on defense,” Valdez said. “C(‘Anthony Kelley) got some big rebounds and we hit some free throws at the end. I think we know we’ve got multiple guys who can score. We know Ty can score every night. D has been playing well the last few games. I know I can score. We have some others can score. Ty didn’t score as much as he usually does, but everyone else stepped up.”
“With all the attention (Berry and Peterson) have, we have a lot of other guys who can play the game,” Hill said. “Down the stretch, we had steals, offensive rebounds and all the little things that help you win games.”
Kelley made several big plays on the boards down the stretch. His status was in doubt after Tuesday’s game against Salina Central, where he took a big hit and didn’t return.
“He’s a great player when he gets locked in,” Hill said. “He got checked out several times by our trainer. He showed no concussion symptoms after the game. None the following day. We held him out of practice a couple of days as a precaution. Most of the impact was on his lower back.”
Newton hit 25 of 42 from the field, while Campus was 17 of 44. Campus outscored Newton 24-12 from 3-point range. Newton was eight of 20 from the line, while Campus was 16 of 20. Newton had 21 turnovers, nine in the fourth quarter and none in overtime. Campus had 14 turnovers.
Sophomore Tyler Kahmann led Campus, 3-11 overall and 1-6 in AV-CTL I play, with 19 points. Freshman Tanner Leslie added 17.
Newton jumped out to a 10-5 lead and led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter. Leslie scored all eight points for Campus.
Newton outscored Campus 8-2 to open the second quarter. Newton led by as many as 14 with chances to extend it further. A Berry layup off a steal put the Railers ahead by 13 with nine seconds to play. A Berry layup off another steal was waived off for a charging call with 2.5 seconds left in the half. Leslie hit a three-quarters length shot at the buzzer to cut the Newton lead to 10, 30-20, at the half.
Campus drew within six early in the fourth quarter. Newton replied with a 9-0 run capped by a Berry trey. Turnovers late in the quarter allowed Campus to get back within eight. A Valdez baseline jumper at the buzzer put Newton up by 12, 44-32.
Campus took advantage of more Railer turnovers early in the fourth quarter to get within nine. Newton worked almost two minutes off the clock, but gave up a basket off a turnover with three minutes in regulation to get Campus within seven. After a Kahmann trey off a turnover, Berry broke the the run with a layup, but Campus got within one on a Leslie layup and a Demetrius Schley 3-pointer to get within one with 2:10 in regulation.
Berry replied with a trey of his own. Berry missed the front end of a one-and-bonus with 52.9 seconds left, but Peterson put in the rebound to get the Railers back up by six.
Cameron Harvey hit a three with 35.1 seconds to play. Peterson hit another layup with 25 seconds to play. Campus turned the ball over 13 seconds later.
Berry was fouled on the rebound, but then called for a technical foul, fouling him out. Justen Schroeder missed the front end for Newton. Leslie hit both free throws for Campus. On the inbounds, Kahmann was given a three-shot foul with 3.7 seconds in regulation, hitting all three shots. A Newton half-court shot missed, putting the game in overtime.
Campus opened the overtime with one of two free throws. Peterson missed two free throws on the other end. C’Anthony Kelley hit one of two free throws with 2:49 left in the overtime. After a defensive stop, Nathan Ahrens scored on a layup. Valdez followed with one of two free throws with 1:05 in overtime. Kahmann then hit two for Campus to get within one. Valdez countered with a layup with 25 seconds left.
With 6.8 seconds left, Ahrens missed two free throws, but Kelley snagged the rebound. Campus was called for an intentional foul with 1.4 seconds left. Valdez hit both free throws to seal the win. Campus hit one of two free throws with .6 seconds remaining.
Newton improves to 5-10, 4-3 in league play. The Railers have won three of the last four. Newton plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Derby. Newton fell to Derby 56-49 earlier this season at home. The Panthers are 11-3 after a 69-62 win over Maize.
“We were tied with a minute to go against them the last time,” Hill said. “They are going to press all night. We have to take care of the basketball, attack when it’s there and play good defense.”
CAMPUS (3-11, 1-6 AV-CTL I) — R.Harvey 0 1-2 3, 1; Schley 1 (1) 1-2 4, 6; Kahmann 4 (2) 5-5 4, 19; C.Harvey 0 (1) 0-0 3, 3; Rogers 0 0-0 0, 0; Leslie 2 (3) 4-5 2, 17; Hicks 0 0-0 0, 0; Howard 1 5-6 3, 7; Martinez 1 0-0 1, 2; Lawrenz 1 0-0 0, 3; Dameron 0 0-0 0, 0; TOTALS 9 (8) 16-20 20, 58.
NEWTON (5-10, 4-3 AV-CTL I) — Kelley 1 1-2 2, 3; Lawrence 1 0-2 3, 2; Valdez 5 4-6 0, 14; Neufeld 0 0-0 0, 0; Ahrens 1 (1) 0-2 2, 5; Hamm 0 0-0 0, 0; Berry 4 (3) 2-3 5, 19; Schroeder 2 0-1 1, 4; Peterson 7 1-4 5, 15; TOTALS 21 (4) 8-20 18, 62.
Technical foul — New.: Berry.