Newark imposed its will Wednesday, dictating the tempo and dominating the boards in a 50-42 non-conference win over visiting Plano.
The 11-6 Norsemen took advantage of cold Reaper shooting -- 1-of-9 in the opening quarter -- to take a 10-2 lead after eight minutes.
They maintained the margin pretty much throughout, holding advantages of 20-12 at the half and 35-25 after three quarters.
"I think our defense limited their dribble penetration," Newark coach Rick Tollefson said of his team's airtight 3-2 zone. "You can see they want to get to the hole and I don't think they did hardly at all.
"Really, going to the basket I don't think they got anything and that's what we were trying to make sure, that everything was on the perimeter and keep them out of their running game."
Plano (7-7) shot just 23 percent (16-of-44) for the game while Newark hit 19-of-37 (51 percent). Add a 36-14 advantage on the boards and it's easy to see how the home team was able to survive its 20 turnovers to the visitors' 10.
Plano extended its 3-2 zone to a fullcourt press in the second quarter and went man-to-man in the second half.
The home team's frontline tandem of 6-foot-5 sophomores, Jack Clausel and Evan Schomer, led the way with 21 and 11 points, respectively.
"We turned them over pretty good," said Plano coach Kyle Kee, who got 14 points from Udo Agomo and 13 off the bench from Jon McDermott.
"I don't think our defense was the problem. We were stagnant on offense and when they pack it in (in a 3-2 zone all game) and you can't shoot, it makes it tough. We've gotta make good passes and shots when we're open."
The Reapers got within 42-36 with 3:14 left in the game, but Newark's lone senior, Grant Riehle-Moeller, came up with a steal and layup and the Norsemen made 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch to salt it away.
"That was the key part of the game," said Kee. "We got the lead down and then missed two layups. We just kept scrambling all game but could never seem to get a foothold. We'd run something and then the next time down we wouldn't run it right."
Schomer had seven rebounds while Jack and Will Clausel added six each to lead the Norsemen.