The Newburg boys basketball team is heading to the Class 2 District 9 Championship for the third straight season after the Wolves took down Vienna 62-54 on Thursday, Feb. 22.
Newburg dominated this contest in the first half with the one-two punch of great defense and a potent offense. The Wolves sprinted out to a 17-9 lead after the first quarter and played even better defense in the second. Vienna managed just six points in the second quarter, as the Wolves cruised to a 29-15 lead at the half.
After halftime, Isaac Weider woke up for the Eagles. Vienna stormed back in the third with 24 points, most of which came from the hot three point shooting of Weider. The massive third quarter from Vienna closed the gap completely, as the game was tied at 39 going into the fourth quarter.
Newburg was able to bounce back in the final frame after a rough third quarter to produce their best quarter of the night. Newburg went off for 23 points in the fourth and stepped up their game on the defensive end to hold Vienna to 15 points. That helped carry the Wolves to their third straight District Championship game with a 62-54 win. This was the second win over Vienna for the Wolves this season.
"Big win for us. This team has come together at the right time," said head coach Logan Ray. "Nice to be able to be in three straight district championship games and should be a fun one today."
Landen Callahan has been on a tear of late and again led the Wolves with 21 points in the win. Ryan Terry was right behind him with 18 points, while Tristan Wofford and Travis McWilliams both added eight.
Newburg faced Crocker for the District Championship on Friday, but results were not available at press time. Crocker beat Newburg 56-55 earlier this season.