Boys basketball: Newman 58, Hall 38
SPRING VALLEY — For the Hall Red Devils, it was not the way they wanted to start the last week of the regular season, with regionals around the corner.
A heated press by the Newman Comets combined with cold shooting by Hall produced a lopsided 58-38 win for Newman Tuesday night at Red Devil Gym.
"We definitely did not deserve to win the game," Hall coach Mike Filippini said. "We were 4-31 from the 3-point line, so it's hard to win many games. Missing nine free throws didn't help either.
"We got frustrated with calls. The only good news is better this week than next week."
Scoring totals for Hall players were kept in the single digits, with Jimmy DeAngelo (8), James Mautino (7), and Chance Resetich (6) leading the effort for the Red Devils.
Adding to the Red Devils' troubles were usual scoring threat Brant Vanaman being limited to five points and fouling out early in the fourth quarter, and Alex Castelan receiving a technical foul early in the third for disputing a traveling call after which he had more time off the court than on.
"I wouldn't say we had trouble with the press, but it kinda took us out of the things we wanted to do," Filippini said.
Two of the Comets had a big night, with Cade Gorzny leading all scorers with 18 points, and Travis Williams not far behind with 13. Devon House and Jake Terveer each contributed eight.
The evening for Hall started out better than it ended with the Red Devils jumping out to a 7-3 lead, but Newman fought back to gain a 14-13 advantage at the end of the first quarter and ending the second ahead 27-25.
"We didn't play well from the start," Filippini said. "I mean, the first half we were pretty happy, only down by two points and we didn't think we played very well."
Hopes for a turnaround began to unravel quickly for Hall in the second half when Newman outscored them 18-8 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 45-33.
"We always talk about the first three minutes of the second half, and we started off with four turnovers and a missed layup," Filippini said. "They converted four of five possessions and that was the game right there."
In the fourth quarter Vanaman was called for his fifth foul and Resetich receiving a technical foul call seemed to take the wind out of the sails for the Red Devils, with the players from both benches hitting the floor at 2:21 left in the game.
Newman's Terveer made three straight baskets to put the game out of reach and secure the Comets' 58-38 win.
"Hopefully this was a wake up call for our kids," Filippini said. "If you come out and play like we did in the second half, you're gonna get beat. No question about it."
• Hall fared better in the sophomore contest, winning 62-58.