MASON CITY | The Newman Catholic boys basketball team may have had Friday’s rematch with North Butler circled on the calendar.
The Bearcats handed the Knights a 10-point loss on Dec. 1, but once Newman got untracked, the Knights had rattled off nine consecutive victories.
On Friday, it may have seemed like déjà vu to the Knights as North Butler burst out to a 21-7 lead after one quarter, but Newman put things together and stormed back for a 73-44 and its tenth straight win.
“Sometimes adversity can do some good,” Newman coach Jerry Gatton said. “We are a good team.”
North Butler looked every bit like the team that handed the Knights that early loss, but Newman started the comeback with an 8-0 run over the first three minutes of the second quarter.
The Knights outscored the Bearcats 18-5 in the second quarter to pull within one before dominating the second half.
After a dismal first quarter shooting the ball, Newman shot nearly 59 percent from the floor in the second half.
As has been the case over the course of its 10-game winning streak, Newman featured balanced scoring with four Knights reaching double figures.
“I have to admit I watch the scoreboard for that,” Gatton said. “I want to see that every night.”
Brady Gatton paced Newman with 16 points.
Ian Holmgaard had 12 points for the Knights while Justin Fausnaugh and Merritt McCardle added 10 points apiece.
Dylan Clipperton led North Butler with 14 and Rhett Lammers tallied 13.
Newman (10-3) looks to extend its winning streak on Tuesday when it travels to Nashua-Plainfield.
The Knights downed the Huskies 63-52 on Dec. 5.
North Butler (5-6) returns home to face Central Springs on Tuesday