The Newburg boys basketball team (10-3, 1-1 FLC) traveled to Crocker for a Frisco League game on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The came was also the Coaches Against Cancer game at Crocker. The Wolves dug themselves in a hole for the first three quarters, but made a comeback in the fourth that fell a point short in a 56-55 loss.
Crocker was able to take an early lead on Tuesday night by holding Newburg to 12 points in the opening quarter. Crocker was able to outscore the Wolves 16-12 in the first. The Lions continued to outscore Newburg in the second, scoring 19 points to Newburg's 15. The Wolves went into the half trailing 35-27.
Newburg couldn't dig their way out of the hole in the third quarter, as Crocker again won the period 13-9. Crocker went into the fourth with a 48-36 lead, but the Wolves woke up in the fourth.
Newburg clawed their way back into the game throughout the fourth quarter, holding Crocker to just nine points in the quarter, while adding 19 of their own. Crocker had the ball with less than a minute left to play, which forced Newburg to call a timeout to try to find a way to get the last shot. The Wolves couldn't get a hold of the ball in the final .4 seconds on the clock and their comeback fell short 56-55.
Free throws provided a huge boost to Crocker in their win, as they went 24-34 at the charity stripe throughout the game.
Ryan Terry led both teams in scoring with 21 points. Landen Callahan chipped in another 11 points for the Wolves, while Travis McWilliams added another 10. Nathaniel Combs led Crocker with 16 points.
"We had several players in foul trouble all night. We made a push in the fourth quarter to cut the game to one point but just couldn't overcome the early deficit," said head coach Logan Ray. "It was a good experience for younger players to be put in that situation. We will try to learn from the game and try to get better."
The JV Wolves were able to pull out a close victory prior to the varsity game, beating Crocker 33-30.
The Wolves will play one more Frisco League game on Friday, Jan. 12, before taking part in the St. James Tournament next week.