By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
WEST BURLINGTON ? The New London boys? basketball team picked up a huge road win on Friday night to keep pace in the SEISC South Division, knocking off West Burlington 68-58 in overtime.
The Tigers used an eight-point halftime advantage to get the upper hand on the hosting Falcons. New London outscored West Burlington 11-10 in the first quarter and 19-12 in the second quarter to take a 30-22 lead at halftime.
West Burlington came storming back in the third quarter. The Falcons doubled up the Tigers 18-9 to grab a one-point lead, at 40-39. New London was able to regroup in the fourth quarter, winning the period by one and sending the game in to overtime.
In overtime, it was time for New London to pull away for good. The Tigers scored 15 points in the extra period and held the Falcons to just five, en route to a 10-point victory.
Keontae Luckett filled up the stat sheet with 24 points, seven rebounds, six assists and there steals to lead the way. Alex Dentlinger had 17 points and nine rebounds. Isaac McSorley had 12 points and seven rebounds. Grant Swanson tallied 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, and the duo of Koby McBeth and Jalen Birdsell scored two points apiece.
The girls? team had quite a bit of trouble keeping up with the Lady Falcons. West Burlington jumped out to a 54-16 halftime lead and pulled away in the second half to knock off New London 88-27.
The New London boys received their postseason pods earlier this week. The Tigers will join Waco and Winfield-Mt. Union in Class 1A District 9. Other teams in the district will be Danville, Highland, Holy Trinity, Iowa Mennonite, Lone Tree and Notre Dame. The other side of the substate, District 10, is made up of Cardinal, Keota, No. 8 Lynnville-Sully, Montezuma, Moravia, Moulton-Udell, North Mahaska, Sigourney and Tri-County.
The Tiger girls, along with WACO and W-MU, are expected to get their postseason assignments on Thursday, Jan. 25.