The one thing both coaches could agree on Friday after host Dwight beat Newark 57-43 in a non-conference game was that both teams need to improve on rebounding.
"We don't know how to rebound," Newark Coach Rick Toellefson said. "We didn't play well tonight."
Dwight Coach Eric Long echoed those sentiments.
"The rebounding on both ends was horrible tonight. I'm happy we won, but we have a long way to go to be as consistent as we need to be," Long said.
The game tightened after the Trojans (8-6) took advantage of nine Norsemen (10-6) turnovers to take an 18-9 lead after one quarter. Newark took a 23-22 lead with 21 seconds to play in the second quarter on free throws by freshman guard Will Clausel (nine points). Dwight's Caleb Boma answered with a three-pointer with four seconds remaining to give the Trojans a 25-23 halftime lead.
Newark took a 34-32 lead with 3:52 to play in the third quarter only to see Dwight answer with a 10-4 run to take a 40-34 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Trojans continued to build the lead from that point, pushing it to 46-36 on a Triston Dircks layup with 5:17 to play in the fourth quarter. Boma, who scored a game-high 15 points, salted the game away by sinking seven-of-eight free throws in the final 2:30 of the contest. Dircks added 12 points.
Sophomore Jack Clausel led the Norsemen with 11 points.
Long said the guard play of Boma and Dircks was the key to the victory.
"When we had an opportunity to stretch the lead, our kids stepped up and hit the shots," Long said. "Early in the game our defensive energy was good, and we turned them over a lot. Our guards stepped up and made some big 3-pointers and that was the difference."
Dwight owned a 30-to-23 edge over Newark in rebounds. Newark committed 20 turnovers to Dwight's 12 turnovers.
Dwight shot 19-of-45 from the field while Newark shot 16-of-46 from the field.