N-F boys run roughshod over Titans

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

RUTHVEN - It was the third game in as many nights on Saturday for the Newell-Fonda boys. With a chance to erase memories of the tough loss against Alta-Aurelia, they did just that against Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Aryshire, dismantling the Titans with an 87-53 victory.

“I was really happy with our guys performance especially considering it was our third game in three nights without a chance to practice. That makes it difficult to make adjustments or correct errors but our guys did a great job of doing just that,” N-F Coach Shad Coppock said.

The Mustangs found their offense early with 15 points in the first quarter, holding a five-point lead over the Titans, 15-10. Newell-Fonda really kicked it into gear in the second period, scoring 28 points, 11 more than GT-RA, to push their advantage at the break up to 16, 43-27.

The two teams played a more even third quarter, N-F only outscoring the Titans by a point, pushing their lead to 17 going to the final quarter, 59-42. The Mustang offense exploded once more in the fourth with another 28 point effort, able to double up their advantage against the Titans at the final horn.

“Going on the road versus a well coached team, I thought we executed extremely well for four quarters and all 12 guys had a hand in this one. It was a really great team win,” Coppock said.

N-F junior Bryce Coppock had another 30 point effort on 11-of-17 shooting and was once again hot from distance, hitting on 6-of-9. He also had four rebounds, four assists and five steals. Junior Aden Mahler chipped in with a 21 point outing to go with four boards. Senior R.J. Rojas had five points but had the team high with eight rebounds. Freshman Beau Wilken came off the bench to add nine points on 3-of-4 shooting behind the three-point line.

Newell-Fonda went 34-of-63 from the floor and hit 14 three-pointers. They didn’t get to the line much, hitting on 5-of-9. The Mustangs had 34 rebounds, 22 assists and 14 steals.

They improve to 12-7 and 6-5 in the Twin Lakes Conference. They went to 17-2, 10-1 Sioux Central on Tuesday night, and will head to Ridge View on Friday to conclude the regular season slate.

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