The Newburg boys basketball team (11-9) started 2018 with just two losses, but got off to a bumpy start to the new year with seven straight losses. The Wolves were finally able to snap out of the streak on Tuesday, Jan. 30 when they beat Belle 57-34 on the road.
Newburg came out of the St. James Tournament with two straight losses, one of which came against a Frisco League Conference rival. The Newburg offense struggled in a 49-32 loss to Iberia on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The Wolves only scored in double figures in one quarter and couldn't find a consistent scoring threat. Travis McWilliams led the offense with 11 points and Newburg's two leading scorers Ryan Terry and Landen Callahan combined for just 10 points.
The Wolves' struggles continued on Friday, Jan. 26 when they hosted Steelville. Newburg picked things up on the offensive end to the tune of 46 points, but allowed 43 points after halftime in a 65-46 loss. Terry and Callahan were able to get back into a rhythm with 18 and 16 points, respectively, and they would carry that into Tuesday's contest at Belle.
Newburg was able to put things together on both sides of the ball to pull out a 57-34 win. The Wolves outscored Belle in every quarter on Tuesday night and were never held under 13 points. Terry led all scorers with 20 points in the victory, while Callahan added another 18. Caleb Austin chipped in with nine, while McWilliams scored another eight points.
The Wolves will remain on the road for the rest of the week, as the girls host their annual tournament. Newburg will head to Cuba on Friday, Feb. 2.