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MASON CITY – One thing that has been evident in the early stages of the boys basketball season is that the Newman Catholic Knights can light up a scoreboard.

Entering Friday’s game against St. Ansgar, the Knights had posted 70 or more points in four of their eight outings, including three of their last four.

Newman put up 43 in the first half, but that was just a taste of what was to come in the third quarter.

The Knights shot 15-of-17 from the floor and amassed 35 points in the third quarter alone and ran away from St. Ansgar for an 86-65 Top of Iowa Conference East Division win.

“The biggest part of that is that we started to see in practice that we were making the right passes to the right guys,” Newman coach Jerry Gatton said.

The offensive outburst could not be attributed to one hot hand.

When Merritt McCardle hit a layup with 6:12 remaining in the third quarter, he became the fourth Knight to reach double figures.

Newman finished the third quarter with a 32-point lead at 78-46 before Gatton turned over much of the fourth quarter to the reserves.

Josh Fitzgerald led the Knights with 22 points, 12 of which came in the third quarter.

Fitzgerald was eight-for-10 from the floor on the evening, including five-for-five in the third.

Brady Gatton added 18 points on eight-for-12 shooting.

McCardle finished with 17, including 13 in the third while Jacob Schutt finished with 13.

Ethan Kirchgatter led the Saint with 18.

Collin Kramer, the Saints’ leading scorer on the season, was saddled with three fouls in the first half but managed to net 13.

Carter Salz added 10, all in the fourth quarter.

The Saints (6-4) travel to Central Springs (2-8) on Tuesday, Jan. 8. On Saturday, Jan. 12, they travel to Riceville to take on the Wildcats (1-8).

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