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2018-03-07 / Sports

Newberry Men Finished by Saints

Newberry’s James Abram, #32, rejects Saint Tucker Shepard’s shot in the second quarter at St. Ignace. Newberry’s James Abram, #32, rejects Saint Tucker Shepard’s shot in the second quarter at St. Ignace. A scoring draught in the second half of play at the first game of the District 93 tournament in St. Ignace doomed the Newberry Indian men, as the Saints overcame a 21—17 deficit at the halftime break to lead 26— 21 at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Indians went scoreless for 10 minutes— through the entire third quarter until 6:03 of the fourth—when Jaylen James put two in from the line for Newberry.

The three-point baskets by Newberry in the first half of play did not fall in the bottom half. The Indians sank four of them in the first half, but only one in the second.

It was completely opposite for St. Ignace. The Saints hit one trey in the first half and four in the back half. They also dominated under the basket, getting many second-chance shots on the offensive board but denying Newberry at its end of the court.

The Indians also suffered from poor passing choices, as the Saints picked off too many errant Indian passes.

At one point of the fourth quarter the Saints led by 11 points, 37—26, when Newberry hit the comeback trail, closing the gap to just four, 38—34 with 1:41 left to play.

Unfortunately, the Indians were forced to foul, sending a Saint to the line five times during the remainder of the game.

The strategy didn’t work, as St. Ignace hit seven out of nine to stay ahead and finish with a 45—40 victory, knocking Newberry out of competition.

Luke Jordan topped his Newberry teammates with eight points. Jaylen James struck for seven, Andre James, Ethan Edwards and Blake Jordan six apiece, Logan McCormick three and James Abram and Devin Carson two each.

Joel Dodds led St. Ignace with 15. Tucker Shepard had eight, Preston Spencer and Ryan LaVake six each, Cameron Leveille five, Nate Causley four and Zach Movalson one.

This marks the last time Newberry will see seniors Blake Jordan, Mathew Berry and Andre James put on a basketball uniform for the Indians. George Sevarns is also a senior, but he has been on the bench with a broken hand for some time.

We at the News wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

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