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Newark overcomes slow start in Burlington Central win

12/22/2012, 8:28pm CST
By Rick Armstrong rarmstrong@stmedianetwork.com

Trailing by 10 in the early minutres, Newark came back and defeated Burlington Central 61-49 Saturday at Plano.

The opening five minutes couldn’t have gone much worse for 14th

seeded Newark in its Plano Christmas Classic opener against Burlington

Central. The rest of the game -- a 61-49 victory -- couldn’t have gone

much better.

“The first two minutes we looked like we were back in seventh grade,”

Norseman coach Rick Tollefson said after his team turned the ball over

on its first four possessions.

They trailed 6-0, 9-2 and 14-4 before getting their legs under them.

“I was ready to go Christmas shopping,” continued Tollefson. “But we

did a nice job of collecting ourselves.”

Did they ever, reeling off 13 straight points and taking a 17-14 lead

when senior guard Grant Riehle-Moeller’s 3-pointer beat the quarter

buzzer.

Central coach Brett Porto had his team play a box-and-one, shadowing

Newark’s leading scorer, 6-foot-4 senior Brett Anderson.

“Anderson scores about 22 a game for them and you’ve gotta take

something away,” said Porter, whose club’s three-game winning streak

was snapped, dropping them to 3-8.

“Unfortunately, some of their role guys showed up tonight. I wish we

could have contested some shots a little bit more. I thought we had

some lapses, defensively, with our rotations.”

Anderson, who plays any position on the floor from post to point,

finished with just 13 points, but three of his teammates picked up the

slack.

Newark had 7, 6 and 6 turnovers in each of the first three quarters

and finished with 22 for the game, but the Norsemen hit 6 of 12 from

beyond the arc and shot 52 percent (20-38) from the field.

Riehle-Moeller led the way with 17 points, freshman center Jack

Clausel added 16 and guard Joseph Hughes matched Anderson’s 13.

The Norsemen had 15 assists on their 20 field goals. and claimed a

32-17 advantage on the boards with Anderson picking off 11 and Clausel

eight.

Central, which got 13 points from senior Moter Deng and 10 fronm

forward Ryan Ritchie, in his fifth game back from a torn thumb

ligament, made just 5 of 22 shots from beyond the arc against the

Newark zone trap.

“We’re getting back to where we were at the Sycamore tournament,”

said Tollefson, whose club is now 7-4. “Grant (Riehle-Moeller) missed

time with a concussion and Joe (Hughes) was in his second game back

after missing three games with a broken foot.”

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