MADISON, NJ - Playing on home court, the Madison basketball team faced Newton in the first round of the Dodger Holiday Tournament.

Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the Braves proved to be too strong in this one.

With a pressing defense and a nice inside game when possessing the ball, Newton was able to defeat Madison, 59-36 and advance to the tournament final. 

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The opening quarter was a tightly contested stanza. A foul line jump shot from Madison's Santi Quintero cut the Newton lead to 9-8 with 3:00 to play. However, the Braves got a pair of mid-range jumpers from Samir Wheeler and Chase Cramer to make it 13-8 after one.

In the second quarter, Newton pulled away with a 20-6 frame that made it 33-14 at half. All the Dodgers were able to muster where three pointers from Quintero and Sam Rosselli in the frame.

Wheeler led Newton with 16 points, while Braves big man Jason Heter added 14, most of which came in the paint. Cramer contributed 10 points for the Braves.

Wheeler had three 2-pointers, two 3-pointers, and four foul shots Heter had seven 2-pointers and throughout the tournament game.

Team Records: Madison (0-3), Newton (4-0)