Newell-Fonda guard Chad Buchholz poured in a game-high 25 points here Friday night as the Mustangs boys basketball team held off Aurelia, 58-47.
Buccholz made 19 of 24 free throws, scoring most of his points from the foul line.
Senior post player Tim Seagren added 14 points and Derek Ripke and Brent Sexton six each.
Guard Chris Handy led Aurelia with 12 points while Tim Fordyce and and Tyler Nelson each added nine.
The Mustangs led 15-10 after the first quarter but the Bulldogs outscored them 13-8 in the second quarter as the game was tied at 23 at the half.
The Mustangs outscored Aurelia 16-13 in the third quarter and 19-11 in the fourth.
"This was a very physical game for both teams," said Newell-Fonda coach Paul Loos. "I was proud how our players responded to a three-game week."
The Mustangs forced Aurelia into 23 turnovers while committing just 14 themselves. The Bulldogs did outrebound Newell-Fonda, 27-23.
Sac City 51
Senior post player Justin DeMan scored a game-high 17 points and pulled down ten rebounds in this easy win for the Cyclones.
Colin Huseman, Adam Pedersen and Kylor Cone all hit double figures with 12 points each for Alta.
"This was a nice win for us," said Alta coach Larry McNutt. "We shot the ball much better than we have been and ran the floor very well."
With the win, Alta improved to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Northwest Conference.
The Cyclones led from the opening tip, taking a 23-10 lead after one quarter. They led 44-18 at the half and 67-33 after three quarters.
Huseman pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds while guard Tom Hinkeldey added nine points for Alta.
Pomeroy-Palmer guard Alex Aden stole the ball in the Schaller-Crestland frontcourt with about six seconds left and and wound up making the game-winning layup in this heartbreaking loss for the Wildcats.
"It was a tough one to lose, but our kids played hard for 32 minutes," said Schaller-Crestland coach Jeremy Langner. "I was pleased with our defense. We want to be known as a good defensive team."
Justin Pyle led the Wildcats with 12 points while Adam Barlow added 10.
Schaller-Crestland led 10-7 after one quarter and 17-12 at the half. But they were outscored 16-11 in the third quarter for a tie at 28 at the last break. The Knights outscored S-C 12-10 in the fourth quarter for the victory.
With the loss, the Wildcats dropped to 1-1 overall and in the Northwest Conference.
Clay Central-Everly 67,
St. Mary's 47
A well-oiled Clay Central-Everly offense drilled through St. Mary's defenders to hand the Panther boys basketball team a 67-47 loss at home Friday night.
One light at the end of the tunnel was promise shown in two potentially very strong scorers. Sophomore Devin Landgraf slipped in four three-poinersthree of them in the second half, to lead Panther scoring with 17 points.
Panther fans also kept a very close eye on Turail Buol who just joined the team this year. Buol's 11 points made him second-leading scorer but did not tell the whole story of his remarkable athleticism.
Also posting in the scoring column for the Panthers were Abe Flanigan with 9 points and Nick Netsch with 6. Devin Landgraf and T.J. Miller chipped in a bucket each.
The Panthers kept it a close game right up to the end of the half when Flanigan was good with one out of two from the line to make it 28-26, Mavericks.
The third period saw the Mavericks run away with the matchup, though, and with some withering shooting by Tyler Cronk from 3-point land, it was too much for the Panthers to withstand. The Mavericks finished the period with a 50-37 lead.
The Panthers were unable to regain their momentum in the fourth period and the Mavs finished it 67-47.
The Panthers were 20 for 56 from the field. Netsch had 7 rebounds as did Buol, who also had 4 blocks. Flanigan had three assists.
Panther Coach Brad Wild said size mattered for the Mavs, which helped CC-E both on its inside and outside game.
"I thought we did a nice job getting good shots," Wild said. "Overall I think the kids really played hard."
Regardless of how well the Panthers played, it would have been tough for anyone to deal defensively with Maverick Kyle Thomsen, who scored 28 points.
Meanwhile, Tuesday night, Alta lost a heartbreaker to Pomeroy-Palmer, 65-63 in a Northwest Conference game.
Alta trailed 24-23 at the half and was outscored 19-11 in the third quarter to trail 43-34 at the last break. The Cyclones rallied to outscore PP 29-22 in an offensive-oriented fourth quarter before falling two points short.
Three players reached double figures for Alta, led by Thomas Hansen with 15. Also, Justin DeMan added 12 points and Tom Hinkeldey 11.
Rockwell City-Lytton 45
Thursday night, the Newell-Fonda boys basketball team had three players in double figures in a 68-45 win over Rockwell City-Lytton.
Peter Olsen led the way with 14 points while senior guard Jared Neppl added 12 and senior post Tim Seagren 11 in the non-conference victory.
"We shot the ball much better and we did some nice things on defense," said Newell-Fonda coach Paul Loos. "But we have to continue to improve."
The Mustangs shot 48 percent from two-point range and 45 percent from three point range. They hit 23 of 48 two point field goals.