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Newman men keep piece of Heartland lead with victory

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at 9:18 p.m.

Tough defense, a sharp-shooting Trae Beck and Frankie Drayton filling in for Darrell Traylor in his first start propelled the Newman men to an 80-62 win over Texas-Permian Basin on Saturday and kept the Jets tied for first place in the Heartland Conference basketball standings with Arkansas-Fort Smith.

The win also clinched a spot in the Heartland’s postseason tournament for Newman.

“I think (Newman) just played a lot harder than we did,” UTPB coach Dwaine Osborne said. “They competed, we didn’t. They’re tougher, better coached ... you name it, they’ve got it.”

Newman opened the game on an 8-0 run, including three-pointers from Beck and senior point guard Bobby Wesley, and back-to-back three-pointers from Ryan McCarthy and Richard Waldron gave the Jets their first double-digit lead at 26-13 with seven minutes left in the first half.

A basket by Newman’s Chris Thomas with 10 seconds left before halftime gave the Jets a 36-22 lead at the break.

“(Newman coach Mark Potter) always talks about playing the full-court game, about getting good looks,” said Beck, who finished with a game-high 15 points and hit four three-pointers. “When we start working the ball around the perimeter, it forces the defense to shift and we can get open shots.”

UTPB cut Newman’s lead to 50-39 with 11 minutes left in the second half, but Beck started and finished a 12-2 Newman run with three-pointers for a 62-41 lead with just under nine minutes to play and the Falcons never threatened again.

“I was really happy with our guys, especially with a starter out in Darrell, who has an ankle injury,” Potter said. “Frankie really stepped up in his place and did an phenomenal job tonight, and of course Trae really had it going. I loved our defensive effort. (UTPB) changed their philosophy a little bit and were driving it to the hoop ... they ended up shooting 40 free throws, but I didn’t want to go zone.”

Drayton had 13 points and three assists in place of Traylor, who injured his ankle in a win over Oklahoma Panhandle State on Thursday. UTPB hit 23 of 40 free throws and 19 of 55 shots from the field.

Wesley added eight points and four assists for Newman.

“(UTPB) got us at their place, so it was important to get this one back,” Drayton said. “Good overall team effort by us to get this win. Most important, we got a playoff spot.”

The win improved the Jets to 19-4, 9-3 in Heartland play and next play on Feb. 23 when they host Arkansas-Fort Smith — a game that could determine the Heartland champion. Newman has never won a league title.

“We’ve got to stay in the gym, work hard and protect our home court,” Newman forward Marquis Culer said. “Guys have been stepping up, especially off the bench, and playing their roles really well.”

TEXAS-PERMIAN BASIN: K. Martin 1-3 1-1 3, Heyer 0-1 2-2 2, X. Martin 1-8 4-8 6, Dees 1-8 4-8 6, Turner 4-8 3-6 11, Brooks 3-5 2-2 9, Reynolds 5-13 3-7 13, Sebastian 5-10 4-8 14, Uribe 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 19-55 23-40 62.

NEWMAN: Cuyler 1-4 2-2 4, Mesh 2-2 2-3 6, Beck 5-6 1-1 15, Wesley 2-3 2-2 8, Drayton 5-7 1-1 13, Acuay 2-7 4-6 8, Pleasant 0-1 0-0 0, Garman 1-1 0-0 2, Walker 0-0 2-2 2, McCarthy 2-9 1-2 7, Emerllahu 1-1 1-3 3, Thomas 2-4 1-2 5, Waldron 2-5 2-3 7, Julian 0-1 0-0 0, Falvo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 19-27 80.

Halftime—Newman 36, UTPB 22. Three-point shooting—UTPB 1-11 (Brooks 1-2, X. Martin 0-4, Heyer 0-1, Turner 0-2, Uribe 0-2); Newman 11-22 (Beck 4-5, Wesley 2-2, Drayton 2-3, McCarthy 2-6, Waldron 1-3, Falvo 0-1, Cuyler 0-1). Rebounding—UTPB 39 (Sebastian 16); Newman 37 (Mesh 6). Assists—UTPB 3 (X. Martin 1, Turner 1, Brooks 1); Newman 14 (Wesley 4). Technicals—UTPB bench. A—315.

Texas-Permian Basin women 69, Newman 54 — Texas-Permian Basin clinched at least a share of the Heartland Conference title. Taniqua Ards and Giselle Loya led UTPB (17-5, 10-1 Heartland) with 17 points each. Loya hit 5 of 5 three-pointers.

Kianna Flannagan led Newman (9-14, 4-6) with 14 points. Alexandra Ciabattoni and Bobbi Coleman added 10 points each for the Jets.

TEXAS-PERMIAN BASIN: Ards 8-12 1-2 17, Matthews 3-9 1-2 7, Loya 6-6 0-0 17, Cook 2-3 2-2 7, King 5-12 2-2 13, Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Nash 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 2-6 0-0 4, Dominguez 1-1 0-0 2, Carey 0-2 2-6 2. Totals 27-54 8-14 69.

NEWMAN: Ciabbattoni 2-8 4-4 10, Muhammad 1-2 1-2 3, Flannagan 6-12 0-1 14, Coleman 4-7 2-2 10, John 0-0 0-0 0, Sonka 0-1 0-0 0, Ramelb 1-4 0-0 2, Goode 1-3 2-3 5, Banks 3-7 0-0 8, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Rosales 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 20-45 9-12 54.

Halftime—UTPB 38, Newman 24. Three-point shooting—UTPB 7-8 (Loya 5-5, Cook 1-1, King 1-1, Johnson 0-1); Newman 5-9 (Flannagan 2-3, Banks 2-2, Goode 1-2, Ramelb 0-1, Smith 0-1). Rebounding—UTPB 30 (Matthews 7); Newman 26 (Ciabbattoni 5, Flannagan 5). Assists—UTPB 17 (Ards 4); Newman 11 (Flannagan 3). Technicals—None. Att.—201.

Friends women 70, Ottawa 52 — April Marshall scored 16 points to help Friends defeat host Ottawa to capture their second straight KCAC title.

Friends (22-7, 16-2) got 13 points from Sarah Munds and 12 points and nine rebounds from Inekka Stevenson.

Whitney Bates handed out nine assists and made three steals for the Falcons and Tina Fakahafus grabbed nine rebounds and scored nine points for the Falcons, which shot 43.3 percent from the field and hit 14 of 17 free throws.

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