STORM LAKE - Beau Artist made two free throws with 23 seconds remaining and Eric Johnson blocked a shot in the final 10 seconds to help Newell-Fonda survive an upset scare from Storm Lake St.
Mary's 53-52 in a Northwest Conference game on Tuesday.
The game featured a little bit of controversy at the end as Joe Fitzgerald of St. Mary's made a basket at the buzzer. However, both referees agreed that the shot was attempted after the buzzer had sounded and did not allow it.
Newell-Fonda held a 13-10 lead after the first quarter, 23-22 at halftime and 41-37 entering the fourth period. St. Mary's scored the first four points of the fourth period to tie the game at 41-all. The game remained nip-and-tuck the rest of the way.
St. Mary's took a 52-51 lead with 35 seconds to play on a layup by Tim Brown, but Artist was fouled with 23 seconds left and made two free throws.
Artist scored 12 points to lead the Mustangs, now 14-3 overall. Alan Baskerville added 11. Newell-Fonda's big men - Jason Ripke, Eric Johnson and Bryce Edwards - were held to six, six and five points, respectively. Austin Wells collected eight rebounds, while Edwards had six and Ripke five. Artist and Edwards charted two steals each. Matt Stauter handed out five assists and Artist two.
Eric Wordekemper scored 15 points to lead St. Mary's. Fitzgerald added 14 and Billy Mach 11.
Newell-Fonda made 24 of 51 field goals for 47 percent. St. Mary's was 21 of 46 for 46 percent. St. Mary's was 7 of 18 from the free-throw line, while the Mustangs were 7 of 16.
"It was a tough win, but our boys held tough," Newell-Fonda coach Paul Loos said. "It's always nice leaving their place with a win."
Sioux Central 69, Aurelia 64
Tyler Vaudt finished with 23 points and six assists as Sioux Central upended Aurelia in a Northwest Conference game Tuesday.
Sioux Central held a 10-8 lead after the first quarter, 31-26 at the half, and 42-41 heading into the fourth period.
Jason Ferguson had 17 points and six rebounds for the Rebels, now 10-9 overall. Nate Wittmaack added 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Rehnstrom had 12 points, five rebounds and five assists.
Heath Brecher scored 16 points to lead Aurelia. John Bentsen added 15 and Dan Beatty 11. Bill Weathers collected seven rebounds, while Brecher added five and Beatty and Bentsen four apiece. Kasey Reilly handed out 10 assists and Eric Sonksen added five for Aurelia, now 7-8 in the league and 9-10 overall.
"We did a good job of finishing down the stretch," Sioux Central coach Nate Bjorkgren said. "We executed and got to the foul line when it counted."
Sac City 67, Albert City-Truesdale 59
Jake Heuton scored 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and charted five assists and three steals, but it wasn't enough as Sac City came away with a Northwest Conference victory on Tuesday night.
AC-T held a 16-12 lead after the first quarter, but Sac City rallied to take a 27-21 halftime lead. The Indians led 49-46 after three.
Caleb Garberding contributed 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals for AC-T. Taylor Heideman had eight points and eight rebounds, while Tim Hogrefe and Brandon Erickson each had three assists. Josh Hyde grabbed five rebounds.
AC-T was 26 of 53 shooting for 49 percent. Sac City was 27 of 61 for 44 percent. Steve Steiger led Sac City with 20 points.