LAMAR — In recent seasons, the Lamar Tigers and the East Newton Patriots have played some memorable basketball games.
For example, just a couple seasons ago, East Newton defeated Lamar 39-37 in El Dorado Springs to earn a Class 3, District 12 title, the Patriots’ first boys basketball district title since 1977.
On Tuesday night, in a Big 8 Conference clash, Lamar and East Newton added another memorable one to the series, certainly for Lamar standout Ian Moore.
Moore scored a game-high 37 points and helped Lamar pick up a 74-63 win.
Moore definitely showed again why he’s one of the elite scorers in the area, able to create space to release his sweet jump shot.
Lamar improved to 7-6 overall and 1-0 Big 8.
Meanwhile, for East Newton on Tuesday, seniors Dalton Moore, Dustin McDermott, and Caleb Jackson — the Patriots’ only three seniors this season — led the way with 18, 13, and 11 points, respectively, certainly overshadowed on Moore’s epic scoring spree.
Freshman guard Lucas Kimbrough added 11 points for the Patriots, who had 53 of their 63 points come from a mere four players.
Bryce Cambers and Connor Killion each scored three, and Colton Ball and Davis Turner each rounded out the scoring with two apiece.
East Newton, who returns to action Thursday night outside the Big 8 against Spring River Valley Conference school Sarcoxie, dropped to 7-6 overall and 0-1 Big 8. The Patriots return home Friday night against Big 8 foe Mount Vernon.