NEWTON, Ill. —
The third time was a charm for the Newton boys basketball team against Casey on Wednesday in the Class 2A Newton Regional.
The Eagles defeated the Warriors 84-63, avenging two defeats in the regular season. Newton is 24-5 and will meet 26-5 Robinson for the regional championship on Friday.
Casey jumped out to an early lead in the regional semifinal contest, leading 8-2, but trailed 22-19 at the first stop. With Lucas Stone scoring 10 points in the first half, the Eagles had a 39-34 advantage at halftime.
Dylan Davidson then took over and Newton took a 59-48 lead into the final frame. Casey cut the Newton lead to 63-53 on a free throw by Matt McCown but the Eagles then ran off 14 unanswered points and had a commanding 77-53 lead.
Davidson led the winners with 27 points, getting 17 in the second half. Stone finished with 20 and Keith Butler had 15.
Brandon Wolfe led the Warriors with 21 points, having 17 in the first half. Trivette Scales had 16 in spite of getting into foul trouble in the first half and McCown had 14 points.
Casey concluded a 19-7 season with two of the defeats being to Harrisburg, ranked No. 1 in Illinois, and to Rockville, ranked No. 1 in Class A in Indiana. The Warriors also lost to ranked Robinson and St. Joe-Ogden teams and to Terre Haute South.
Casey 19 15 14 15 — 63
Newton 22 19 20 25 -- 84
Next — Newton (24-5) will play Robinson in the championship game Friday. Casey concludes a 19-7 season.