By Rob Kiser
DECEMBER 29, 2020 - COVINGTON
In a game that was close throughout, Newton was able to finish strong for a 55-50 victory over Covington in the consolation game of the Buccaneer Holiday Tournament.
It was Newton’s, 3-6 on the year, second win over the Buccs.
And 5-foot-6 guard Chandler Peters had a lot to do with it.
Not only did Peters scored 27 points to finish the tournament with 50 points, he had a number of big assists in critical situations and even scored on an offensive rebound.
“When Chandler walks into a gym, he doesn’t necessarily look like he would be a good basketball player,” Newton coach Gavin Spitler said. “Some of the things he does are pretty amazing.”
Covington coach Matt Gibbins was disappointed with the finish but encouraged by his teams’ play.
“We are getting better,” he said. “Not just as quick as we want to. That is what we talked about after the game. Getting in the gym and continuing to get better.”
Covington had led much of the first two quarters and a free throw and basket by Cooper Jay midway through the third quarter had put the Buccs up 30-27 when Spitler called timeout.
“Basically, we were doing things we normally don’t do and got out of our comfort zone,” Spitler said. “I thought we executed a lot better after that.”
Peters had a 3-point play to give Newton the lead at 32-20 and the Indians held it for the rest of the game, although not without challenges from Covington.
When Tyler Alexander scored with 2:30 to go in the fourth quarter, Covington was within 48-46.
Mitchell Montgomery hit one free throw, Hudson Montogmery hit four straight and Peters made two more as Newton put the game away from the line.
“I thought we did a better job in the fourth quarter closing on Covington’s shooters,” Spitler said. “Andrew Whittaker and Quentin Smith did a nice job. And we hit some big free throws.”
It was a frustrating final two minutes for Gibbons.
“We had a couple turnovers and just couldn’t score when we needed too,” he said. “I thought (for the first two-and-a-half quarters), we played really well.”
Mitchell Montgomery added nine points to the Newton cause.
Hudson Montgomery added eight.
Jake Hamilton led Covington with 18 points, Wes Gooding scored nine and Cooper Jay and Alexander both scored six.
Chandler Peters 11-4-27, Ross Ferrell 1-0-3, Andrew Whittaker 2-0-4, Mitchell Montgomery 4-1-9, Hudson Montgomery 2-4-8, Dawson Hildebrand 1-2-4. Totals: 21-11-55.
Jake Hamilton 7-0-18, Owen Boehringer 2-1-5, Jack Ballard 1-0-2, Wes Gooding 3-0-9, Cooper Jay 1-4-6, Britton Miller 1-2-4, Tyler Alexander 3-0-6. Totals: 18-7-50.
3-point field goals — Newton: Peters, Ferrell. Covington: Hamilton (4), Gooding (3).
Score by quarters
Newton 12 22 34 55
Covington 16 24 32 50