The Newburg boys basketball team (12-10, 0-4 FL) traveled to Dixon for a Frisco League matchup on Friday, Feb. 9. The Wolves got out to a slow start and couldn't quite finish off the comeback in a 76-70 loss.
The first quarter doomed Newburg on Friday night, as the Wolves quickly got into a 25-9 hole. The Newburg offense went off for 24 points in the second quarter, but they still trailed 42-33 headed into the half. Dixon shot the lights out of the gym in the opening half, knocking down eight threes in the first two quarters of play.
The biggest highlight of the first half came from the hands of Ryan Terry, who scored his 1,000th career points with 2:53 left in the quarter.
"Congrats to Ryan on scoring his 1,000th career point," said head coach Logan Ray. "He is a gym rat that puts in a lot of time to get better. He is an unselfish player that makes his teammates better and does the little things to help us win."
The Wolves kept fighting back in the second half, putting up another 24 points in the third quarter. Newburg cut the deficit to 61-57 with a quarter to play and got within two points in the fourth, but they couldn't get any closer than that. Dixon finished the game strong and held the Wolves to 13 points in the fourth, getting the Homecoming win over Newburg 76-70.
Terry tied with Landen Callahan with 25 points each in the close conference loss. Caleb Austin added 10 points of his own in the contest. Walker Shelton led Dixon with 22 points and Trey Holzer chipped in 18.
"We knew Dixon would shoot the ball well at their Homecoming. They hit eight. threes the first half," said coach Ray. "Proud of the effort my guys showed second half battling back after getting down big and cutting it to two points. Held Dixon to two made threes the second half. Like the way we competed tonight. Played extremely hard and a lot of learning will gone from this game."
Newburg's District seedings were also released this week. The Wolves will be seeded fourth, while the girls team will be in the six seed in their tournament.
The Wolves return home for their next game when they host Richland for a Frisco League matchup on Tuesday, Feb. 13, before a rescheduled game against Licking on Thursday.