Goldbacks start fast and glide past Crusaders
It’s a game plan that seems to work, and Newburgh’s boys basketball then made use of strong first and third quarters to defeat Monroe-Woodbury 80-53, at home Thursday, Jan. 10.
The Goldbacks went on an 18-0 run through the first five minutes of the first quarter before ending the period with a 31-4 lead. After being outscored 19-16 in the second quarter, Newburgh came back and outscored the Crusaders 17-7 in the third quarter – and didn’t allow a point until there was four minutes left in the period.
“We want to start fast and play four great quarters,” said Matt Brown, Newburgh’s coach. “We are going to focus on starting strong at the beginning and at the half.”
Jerry Hall led the Goldbacks with 19 points and scored all of them in the first and third quarters. Donovan Fields had 16 points for the Goldbacks with six points in the first quarter and five points in the third quarter.
“We missed a few easy shots, and had few defensive breakdowns, but overall I think they played well,” said Brown.
Justin Prendergast led the Crusaders with 20 points. Paul Burke pumped in 12 points, and Dante Gray added 10 points for the Crusaders’ trio in double figures.
By Bond Brungard