Betker scores 26 in Hawks’ loss


NEW LONDON – Central Lee dropped its fifth game in the last six with a 78-61 loss to New London on the road Tuesday night.

Central Lee started strong out of the gate hitting three straight 3-pointers for a 9-6 lead just two minutes into the contest, but then went ice cold from the floor and didn’t score again until a minute was left in the period.

New London would go on an 18-3 run during that stretch to open up a 24-12 first-quarter lead.

The Hawks would reset and cut the lead to just nine at 42-33 at the break with Jaxon Betker leading the way with 16 first half points.

But Central wouldn’t have an answer for New London sophomore Blaise Porter who hit just about everything in the first half going for 22 of his game-high 36 on the night.

The Hawks held Porter to just four points in the third period as they slowly cut into the Tigers lead and trailed by just eight points going into the fourth. But Porter would heat up again for 10 points in the final period as Central Lee was held to just 12 points.

The Hawks got 26 on the night from Betker. Bronson Sargent added 11, while Jaedon Betker and Kaleb Sanders each chipped in with nine. Derrick Denning added six and Dylan Stuecker was held to just a third quarter bucket in the loss.

Central Lee falls to 6-8 in Southeast Iowa Superconference play and 6-12 overall. New London sits atop the South Division with an 11-2 mark. The Tigers are 13-4 overall.

The Hawks host WACO (2-15) on Thursday night.

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