Photo by Christian Molinar
Everyone knew this would be a special game for Tristen Newton. Coming into the game he averaged 39.5 points, and he only needed 18 points to get to 3,000, making him the first player in El Paso to do it. All night Tristan faced double teams and was even triple teamed at times, still he fought his way to the bucket or pulled up from deep three point range to get his points.
The first quarter he had finished with 10 and you had the feeling the 2nd quarter would be it. After a couple of free throws and some easy points Tristen was at 16, just two points away. A batted ball rolled into Tristan hand with a clean path to the basket and clear for takeoff Tristen’s 3000th point was in a slam down fashion.
Austin had kept the game close for 3 quarters at one point getting to within 6 points. Physical ball was being played for both teams but only one team had the stamina to do it for all 4 quarters. As the game progressed into the later stages Burges began to pull away, the speed and pressure was too much for the Panthers.
Tristen Newton finished with 39 total points while the rest of the team finished with 28. Burges will stay on top of the District Standings at 15-0 and 27-4 overall and will look to clinch the district championship next week against Andress.
After the game Newton talked about what it meant for him to score 3,000 points. You can listen to the interview below:
Christian Molinar Reporting