Newsome takes charge from start in win over Durant



MORE from our HomeTeam writers.

More Video

HomeTeam Hot Shots
Vote for the top male and female athletes from the bay area
Lindsay Boynton, softball, Steinbrenner
Anna Waller/Daniella Moreno, tennis, Academy at the Lakes
Lindsey Hall, softball, Osceola
Anessa Holes, softball, River Ridge
Hannah Pridemore, softball, Newsome
Caylie VanAuken, softball, Boca Ciega
Mosi Davis, track, Sunlake
Alex Gray, track, Admiral Farragut
Justin Hall, tennis, Armwood
Travell Harris, track, Jesuit
Peter Litsky, tennis, Shorecrest
Agie Moreno, tennis, Wiregrass Ranch



Wed. January 5, 2011 | Steve Lee

PLANT CITY — This season’s first clash between Class 5A, District 8 rivals Durant and Newsome came down to overtime with the visiting Cougars winning by six points.

Tuesday’s rematch at Durant was nowhere near as close.

Newsome jumped out to a 12-point halftime lead en route to a lopsided 60-40 win that handed Durant its first district loss.

“They were the top seed and we were No. 2,” Newsome coach John Mackey said. “We closed the gap a little. We keep track of (the district race). That’s the guts of the whole thing.”

As the second quarter wound down it appeared the Wolves (9-6, 6-2) would head into the locker room with a six-point lead, but they doubled that advantage in the waning seconds.

Moments after Dylan Bridges made a basket he was fouled by Adrian Nelson, who protested and was given a technical foul. Bridges and Trent Mackey each made two foul shots to give Newsome a 26-14 lead at the break.

“A six-point lead at halftime, it’s anybody’s ball game,” John Mackey said. “Obviously, you feel comfortable with a 12-point lead at halftime.”

The Wolves maintained their momentum by outscoring the Cougars 22-7 in the third quarter, thanks in part to Trent Mackey draining three of his five 3-pointers in that stretch. The senior guard finished with a game-high 27 points.

Bridges added 11 and Jamel Gist 10 for Newsome, which also benefited by going 9-of-12 at the free-throw line.

Durant (8-4, 6-1) got 20 points from Andre Nation, who had four 3-pointers, and 12 from Jetwan Smith, but not much help on offense — or defense, for that matter — from anyone else.

Asked about the difference between his team’s overtime loss to Durant and Tuesday’s 20-point victory, John Mackey responded, “I think we’re getting better as a team.”


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours