In a game of dramatic scoring runs, the Newell-Fonda boys basketball team held off Northwest Conference foe Alta here Tuesday night, 70-66.
It was the second time this season that the Mustangs held off a late Alta rally to win.
Newell-Fonda led 47-38 at the end of the third quarter and led by as many as ten points in the last frame. But the Cyclones rallied to tie the game before falling short.
"This was a game of runs all night," said Newell-Fonda boys basketball coach Paul Loos. "You'll get that when two good teams match up.
"I was pleased with our defense all game, but Alta can really stretch you out with all their weapons. We need to do better at the free throw line. It's a great win for us, but we can't be satisfied because we have some tough competition coming up."
Alta had a difficult first half, trailing 17-10 after the first quarter and 29-18 at the half.
"We gave a good effort but just fell short," said Alta coach Larry McNutt. "Our guys never gave up but unfortunately, we didn't play as well in the first half as we would have liked to.
"Newell-Fonda has a very good team and made some big plays. But I'm proud of our guys. They gave a gutty performance and if we can continue to give effort like that and improve on some of the little things, I like our chances at tournament time."
Senior Aaron Kaufman led Newell-Fonda with 18 points while post player Austin Wells also hit double figures with 14. Post player Tim Seagran added some balance with 11 points while forward Matt Stauter and point guard Beau Artist added nine.
Six-foot-seven post player Heath Stille led the Cyclones with a game-high 23 points while senior point guard Eric Holton netted 22.
The Mustangs hit 21 of 34 two-point field goal attempts and were three of 17 from three point range. Newell-Fonda shot 33 free throws but made just 19.
Alta was 24 for 37 from two-point range and two of 12 from three point range. But the Cyclones shot just 16 free throws and made 12.
Austin Wells led the Mustangs with nine rebounds while Artist added five assists. Also, Alta outrebounded Newell-Fonda 26-24. The Mustangs took care of the ball well with just eight turnovers to 12 for Alta.