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Newton JV loses two close ones

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 11:18 a.m. CDT

The Newton Boys JV basketball team suffered a pair of heart-breaking losses over the weekend. On Friday night, the Cardinals dropped a 59-58 thriller to Bondurant-Farrar.  Missed lay-ups and miscues cost the Cardinals down the stretch. 

Devin Shores was the leading scorer with 18 points and played in less than one half of the game. Drew Stout was next up with 13 points. Stout was tough on defense with seven rebounds and four steals.

On Saturday, it was a repeat experience for the JV boys. The Cardinals could not hang on to a lead that they had for most of the game and ended up losing to the Pella Christian JV team, 48-45. All nine Cardinals that got into the game scored. Jarom Williams was leading scorer with eight points. Drew Stout had 5 rebounds, three steals and five assists.

Newton led 31-30 at the half but could not generate much offense in the second half.  The JV team falls to 4-4 on the season and are currently in a three game losing slump.

The kids keep losing these tight games in the final seconds.  It isn’t about effort, but learning to win.  It is something we all have to work on.