No. 3 New London continues to roll
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
BURLINGTON — The third-ranked New London boys used a 24-point fourth quarter to win their 10th game in a row on Tuesday night in Burlington.
The Tigers led by just one point going into the final period, but the SEISC South Division leaders buckled down to pull away with a 71-53 win.
It was New London’s third win over a five day span. The Tigers defeated Highland, 76-59, on Friday and Winfield-Mt. Union, 52-45, on Saturday. Both of those games were at home.
New London struggled to pull away from the Nikes in Tuesday night’s road game, even trailing Notre Dame at the half.
After taking a 19-16 lead at the end of the first quarter, New London allowed Notre Dame to jump right back in it. The Nikes eventually went ahead, 32-25, at halftime.
New London began to scrap back in the third quarter. The Tigers outscored the Nikes, 22-14, to take a 47-46 lead into the final period.
Notre Dame finally wore down in the fourth quarter as New London was able to pull away with a 24-7 advantage to win the game by 18 points.
Mason Porter had a huge game, scoring 28 points and bringing down 15 rebounds in the win. Isaac McSorley and Justin Henecke scored 14 points apiece to give the Tigers three double-digit scorers.
Keontae Luckett scored nine points and dished out a team-high three assists in the win. Alex Dentlinger scored six points and blocked four shots.
Blake Nehring and Grant Swanson also saw the floor for the Tigers. Nehring co-led the team with three steals on the night. McSorley had three as well. Swanson came down with three rebounds.
New London moved to 10-0 and will try to stay unbeaten at home against Van Buren/Harmony on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m.