The first four minutes of the second half set the tone for the East Newton Patriots on Friday night.
Facing the McAuley Catholic Warriors in a varsity boys tilt at East Newton High School, the Patriots went on a 17-7 burst in the third quarter to pull away and claim a 47-38 victory.
The Patriots (4-12) led most of the way, though the first half remained close throughout. They led 11-7 after the first quarter and 20-17 at the half. Something clicked in the locker room at the half, however, and they came out on fire in the third period.
“We had some good possessions where we got the ball inside and got fouled,” Patriots coach Kyle Fields said. “Colby Thomas did a good job on the boards, and Bryce Zimmerman got some good rebounds and put backs for us. I thought we ran our offense a little better in the third quarter.”
That the Patriots won was the most important part of the night, Fields said — more so, he added, since his team didn’t play their best game.
“I thought we didn’t play our best basketball tonight,” Fields said. “But still, it’s good to get a win. I thought the kids played hard, and we had a better second half than we did in the first half. Our execution could have been better, but I thought we played well at times and did some good things defensively.”
Zimmerman’s success led to 18 points for him, tops on the team. Sam Swartz followed suit with 12 points while Aaron Millet rattled in three, Deion Clark eight, Thomas four, and Zack Deman two.
Shaw Robertson paced the Warriors with 19 points.
The Patriots also won the junior varsity game, 34-26. Tyler Winsauer paced the Patriots with 13 points.
East Newton plays host to Diamond at 6 p.m. Tuesday.