The Newburg boys basketball team (16-5) hosted Cuba for Homecoming on Friday, Feb. 3. The Wolves didn't play their best game of the season, but a big fourth quarter gave them a 52-37 win.
This was a win that looked better on paper than in actuality. The wide margin of victory came after a rough first half for Newburg. Offense was nowhere to be found for either side early on, as neither team scored in double figures in the first or second quarter. The Newburg defense was a bit stronger in the first quarter, holding Cuba to just five points, but they couldn't take advantage on the offensive end. The Wolves only scored eight points of their own in the first quarter to take a three point lead into the second.
The script was flipped in the second, as Cuba led the scoring effort with eight points, while the Wolves scored just six. Newburg was able to hold onto their lead, however, and head into the locker room in front 14-13.
Things picked up a bit in the third quarter, as both teams outscored their entire first half scoring effort. Newburg scored 17 points in the quarter to extend their lead to 31-27 heading into the fourth.
The Wolves put the game away with a big fourth quarter. Newburg scored 21 points and held Cuba to just 10 to run away with a 52-37 win.
Trey Gaedke led Newburg with 13 points and Logan Doerr was the only other Wolf in double figures with 10. Ryan Terry and Tyler Newton were both a basket away from double digits with nine and eight points, respectively.
Newburg will next have one of their biggest games of the regular season, as they head into a rematch of the Frisco League Championship with a trip to Licking on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Gaedke - 13, Doerr - 10, Terry - 9, Newton - 8, McWilliams - 6, Callahan - 3, Austin - 3