New London defeats Cardinal, falls to West Burlington over weekend
Both of the New London boys’ basketball team’s weekend games were decided by one point — in one, the Tigers came out on top; in the other, they came up just short.
New London defeated Cardinal, 63-62, on Saturday, just a day after their 62-61 loss to West Burlington.
The Tiger girls’ also played two weekend games, with similar results: they defeated Cardinal, 75-66, but fell to the Falcons, 54-49.
In the boys’ game against West Burlington, the Tigers had a 10-point lead at halftime, 32-22. However, West Burlington fought back in the third quarter, outscoring New London, 19-12, to close the gap.
The Falcons gained another four points on the Tigers in the final quarter, scoring another 21 points to take the lead and the game.
Quincy Porter paced New London in the contest with 21 points and Cameron Watson chipped in 12.
Hunter Moeller and Tristan Kadel each scored eight and Mitch Boles added seven points.
Porter also had a team-high nine rebounds; Kadel grabbed seven boards and Watson had six.
Jayden Flowers and Austin McBeth each had three assists and Flowers also had three steals. Porter blocked five shots.
In the game against Cardinal, the teams went into halftime tied at 26 after scoring 13 points apiece in each of the first two quarters.
The Tigers put up another 13 points in the third quarter, but Cardinal posted 16 to take a lead.
New London fought back, coming up with a 24-point fourth quarter to outscore the Comets by just enough for a win.
Boles led the Tigers in scoring with 19 points in Saturday’s game.
Watson scored 15 points and Kadel added 10.
Porter again led the team on the boards with 11 rebounds, while Flowers dished out another three assists. Boles had three steals.
The New London team is now 4-7 overall and 3-6 in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division.
In the girls’ Friday-night game, New London couldn’t quite keep pace with the Falcons. Missing Morgan Christner and Sami Koontz, the Tigers were down 36-20 at halftime. They made up ground in the second half but couldn’t quite get past their hosts.
Victoria Noel had a team-high 19 points and Paetyn Prottsman scored eight.
Josten Boyer pulled down nine rebounds and Frankie Johnson had three assists. Sarah Holtkamp and Prottsman had three steals each, while Addie Lounsbury had the team’s only block.
Christner and Koontz were back on the floor in Saturday’s game, and Koontz paced the Tigers with her 23-point night while Christner pulled down a team-high 14 rebounds.
Christner finished with the double-double after scoring 11 points.
Johnson had 15 points for New London and Lounsbury scored nine.
New London is now 6-6 overall, 5-4 in conference play.
The Tigers will host Central Lee tonight (Tuesday), starting with the girls’ game at 6 p.m.