Junior Alex Krogeimer and the Newton Railers set the tone early and often in Friday’s Tournament of Champions game against the Wichita North Redskins.
Krogeimer had 15 in the first quarter, and the Railers outscored the Redskins 21-0 in the first quarter on the way to a 66-38 win.
They’ll play Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the the Tournament’s fifth-place game. Wichita North will play in the seventh-place one at Noon Saturday.
Newton shot an incredible 75 percent from the field in the first quarter and were 3 of 5 from 3-point territory in the first quarter.
“I thought really like the first minute and a half we were kind of sleepwalking, but after that (for) I think it was about the next three and a half, four minutes we really defended really well,” Newton head coach Andy Preston said. “Our defense kind of sets our culture and I thought defensively we did some nice things. We shared the ball. They emphasized taking away Ty (Berry), Alex stepped up, made some big shots, I thought Jamieson Jones really played aggressive for us and Damarius (Peterson) was himself again today. It was nice to get other guys involved outside of Ty today.”
The Railers continued their strong shooting in the second, and ended up shooting 75 percent on 15 of 20 shooting from the field in the first half, ending the game with a shooting percentage of 61.9 percent.
For Wichita North, Senior RJ Hunter had a team-high 4 points through the first half for the Redskins and a total of 8 in the game. Redskins senior Jeremiah Randall finished as the team-leader in Friday’s game, with 17 points. Krogeimer finished with a game-high 22.
The Railers had lost in the late game Thursday night to Bishop Carroll, losing despite playing well enough to have probably beaten most other teams.
“Last night it was disappointing,” Preston said. “It was a tough loss. I mean Carroll’s a really good team and we did a good job not letting Carroll beat us this afternoon in the game today. We bounced back really well. The kids were really disappointed last night but I thought today we showed up, we played with energy, we played with a lot of effort. We can’t win the Championship, but we can at least win the next two games.”