Watson puts up big numbers in NL boys’ lossNew London girls’ basketball team falters in second half against Van Buren
NEW LONDON — Despite a huge night from Cameron Watson, the New London boys’ basketball team fell to Van Buren in a Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division contest on Tuesday, 77-60.
The New London girls’ team also fell to Van Buren in the home game, 39-26.
Watson put up 24 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the boys’ game, leading the Tigers in both categories.
However, New London couldn’t slow down Van Buren, which had a 28-point second quarter and a 24-point fourth quarter.
The Tigers scored 25 of their points in the final eight minutes, but it wasn’t enough.
On the night, New London shot 17-for-49 from the field, including six of 11 three-pointers (54.5 percent). They were 20-for-30 from the free throw line.
Tristan Kadel chipped in 13 points for New London and Dalton Dudley had four steals in the game.
The Tigers are now 2-9 overall and 2-7 in the SEISC South.
In the girls’ game, New London took a lead in the first half but faltered in the last two quarters, scoring only eight points after halftime.
Sami Koontz had a team-high nine points; Morgan Christner grabbed eight rebounds and Addie Lounsbury pulled down seven.
The Tigers are now 3-9 on the season and 2-7 in the SEISC South.
New London will host West Burlington on Friday. The JV boys play at 4:30 p.m., followed by the varsity girls and varsity boys.