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MASON CITY | After a slow start to the season, the Newman Catholic boys basketball team has been on a bit of roll over the past couple of weeks.

That success continued on Friday as the Knights combined a trapping defense with an efficient offense and rolled Northwood-Kensett 69-22 for their fourth consecutive win.

“I think we’ve got a good rotation right now,” Newman coach Jerry Gatton said. “We’ve learned our roles.”

For Newman, the offensive efficiency, particularly in the first two quarters, was the highlight of the evening.

In building a 41-13 halftime lead, the Knights shot nearly 77 percent from the floor in the first quarter and 60 percent for the first half.

The large halftime lead allowed Gatton to substitute liberally in the second half.

Twelve Knights scored in the game.

Justin Fausnaugh caught fire from outside early and finished with four 3-pointers and 16 total points to lead Newman.

Josh Fitzgerald added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor.

Joe Scholl had 10 points for the Knights.

Kole Parks led the Vikings with eight.

Newman (4-3) returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to West Hancock.

N-K (0-6) travels to Central Springs on Tuesday.

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