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Scottie boys take Newell Irrigators 52-28

Making the drive ... to the Scottie’s end of the court was Jeff O’Connell. The Scotties took on, and handily defeated, the Newell Irrigators Monday night.

The Philip Scottie boys basketball team hosted the Newell Irrigators on Monday, February 15, defeating them 52-28.

The first quarter appeared to be the beginning of a close game, with only a one point lead by Newell. The second quarter foreshadowed the rise of the Scotties to a comparatively easy win. Going into the second half with a score of 24-19, Philip finally launched a devastating offensive and kept Newell in the single digits for the third quarter. Then, the final quarter saw the Scottie first string give court time to their up-and-coming teammates. Philip won by a 14 point margin.

"Against Newell, we came out slow," said head coach Mike Baer, "but put together a nice third quarter. We weren't very aggressive on the offensive side or on the boards. In the end we had pretty equal scoring, with nine kids scoring."

Philip 11 13 21 7 = 52

Newell 12 7 5 14 = 38

Philip scorers: Jeff O'Connell - 10, Rob Williamson - 9, Casey Cvach - 8, Caleb Clements - 7, Brandon O'Dea - 6, Jordan Hauk - 4, Austin O'Dea and Gunner Hook - 3 each, Colin Van Lint - 2. Newell scorers: Alex Schnell - 10, Matt Komes and Sean McCann - 8 each, Trenton Schuelke - 6, Jarret Petsch - 4, Wacey Boylan - 2.

The Scotties made 18 two-point field goals and two three-pointers. The Irrigators made 13 two-point field goals and three three-pointers. Free throw percentages: Philip - 56 (10 of 18), Newell - 33 (3 of 9).

Philip rebounds - 41. Leaders: Hook - 10, Cvach - 7, Hauk - 6, Tim Wells - 4, O'Connell, B. O'Dea and Clements - 3 each, Van Lint - 2, Williamson, A. O'Dea, Beau Ferguson - 1 each.

Philip assists - 12. Leaders: O'Connell - 6, Van Lint and Cvach - 2 each, Williamson and Hauk - 1 each.

Philip steals - 11. Leaders: Cvach - 3, Williamson and Hook - 2 each, Wells, O'Connell, B. O'Dea and Hauk - 1 each.

Philip blocks - 9. Leaders: Hook - 4, Williamson, B. O'Dea, Hauk, Cvach and Clements - 1 each.

Philip turnovers - 18. Team fouls: Philip - 11, Newell - 17.

The Philip junior varsity also won its game, 49-31. No other statistics were available at press time.

The next game for the Philip boys will be them hosting the Wall Eagles, starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 19. The Scotties' following game will again be in Philip, starting at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, February 20, versus the Faith Longhorns. On Friday, February 26, Philip will travel to Kadoka to go against the Kadoka Area Kougars.