AURELIA - Both Aurelia and Newell-Fonda entered Friday night's matchup coming off of big wins earlier this week to set the stage for a battle of Northwest Conference foes in Aurelia.
Neither team disappointed as Aurelia and Newell-Fonda battled back through regulation and two overtimes before a winner was declared. Late free-throw misses nearly haunted the Mustangs, but they were able to hold on for the 73-68 decision.
The see-saw regulation saw the Bulldogs trailing by five with under a minute to play. Anthony Fowler only scored six on the night, but he made them count has his three-pointer with 15 seconds left brought Aurelia back to within two. Camrin Meyer then stole the inbounds pass and was fouled.
Meyer knocked down both attempts to tie it up at 56-56 with left. Newell-Fonda quickly brought the ball upcourt and senior guard Nate Reichter was fouled with under five seconds left in the game. Reichter missed both and the game entered the first overtime period.
Aurelia jumped out in front and scored the first three in o.t. only to see the Mustangs go on a big run and hold a 64-59 advantage with a minute left in the game as Reichter was able to redeem himself with four clutch free throws.
Again, the Bulldogs fought back as Fowler was fouled after putting in a basket to bring the game to 64-62. N-F's Brad Bohe was sent to the line and missed the pair to give Aurelia life again as Meyer drove the court and was fouled on a three-point attempt.
The senior converted on two of three and the game was tied again at 64 apiece.
Again, the Bulldogs committed a late foul, and again, the Mustangs let them stay in the game as Bohe missed another pair to send the game to it's second extra period.
Aurelia jumped out front in the second o.t. period after a Glawe turnaround jumper, but N-F struck back quickly as Reichter converted a layup and three of four free throws to push the Mustangs ahead 69-66 with under a minute to play.
Meyer's ensuing three was off the mark for the Bulldogs, as were their two follow attempts. From their the teams traded a pair of layups, and Reichter would convert on the final free-throw attempts to seal the N-F victory, 73-68.
"A lot of teams would have been frustrated and given up," said Newell-Fonda head coach Paul Loos. "I credit our guys for sticking tough mentally and finding a way to win tonight. That's the main thing. They found a way to get it done."
Cody Wells led all scorers as he put in 23 for the Mustangs before fouling out. Reichter finished the night with 21, and Bohe chipped in with 11 as Newell-Fonda improved to 3-6 on the season.
Glawe continued his strong scoring week as he led the Bulldogs with 22 to go with 11 rebounds Friday night. Meyer finished with 21 points to go with 13 boards, and Aaron Bruce turned in 11. Nick Hirschman had eight points and eight rebounds.
Newell-Fonda will be right back at it today as they travel to take on Pocahontas tonight with tip off at 7:30PM.
The Bulldogs (1-6) are back in action Tuesday night when they host Rockwell-City Lytton.