The Newburg boys basketball team (13-10, 2-4 FL) hosted Richland for a Frisco League matchup on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Wolves trailed by five at the half, but had a stellar second half on their way to a 58-47 win.
The first quarter was a defensive battle between Newburg and Richland, as the two teams combined for just 14 points in the opening frame. Richland came out with an 8-6 edge, before an explosive second quarter.
While there wasn't much offense to speak of in the first, the buckets fell left and right in the second. Richland was able to extend their lead with 22 points, but Newburg wasn't far behind with 19 points of their own. The Wolves went into the half trailing 30-25, but they were able to turn things around in the second half.
Newburg took the lead for good in the third quarter. Richland was held to under 10 points in both of the remaining quarters, while the Wolves kept scoring. Newburg took a 40-38 lead into the fourth quarter and didn't slow down. The Wolves scored 18 more points in the fourth to put an exclamation point on a 58-47 win.
"I challenged the guys at half to complete harder on defense and rebound better the second half," said head coach Logan Ray. "I thought they responded well, which allowed us to string stops together and get flow on offense. We hope to be hitting our stride and gaining confidence as we approach district play."
Ryan Terry led Newburg with 23 points in the win. Landen Callahan added another 16 and Travis McWilliams added another nine. Ethan Fagre led Richland with 29 points.
Newburg will finish the week with another pair of Frisco League games. The Wolves will host Licking for a reschedule game on Thursday, Feb. 15, before hosting Laquey for Senior Night on Friday.