The East Newton boys took an early lead and never looked back as they cruised to a 70-36 victory over Lead Hill (Ark.) in the seventh place game of the Neosho Holiday Classic at the Neosho Middle School on Saturday.
The Patriots started fast and jumped out to a 20-10 lead in the first quarter. After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Bryce Zimmerman exploded for eight points in the second quarter to help the Patriots extend their lead to 38-20 at the half. They closed the game with solid defense, holding the Tigers to just three points in the fourth quarter.
Zimmerman led the Patriots with 19 points, while Josh Harris added three, Sam Swartz eight, Jake Patterson two, Ethan Heilig eight, Devin Clark six, Thomas Cooper two, Tyler Winsauer 12, Zack Deman two and Colby Thomas eight.
Trey Rogers led the Tigers with 12 points.
The Patriots are back in action Jan. 9 at Wheaton.