If Catholic Central's defensive strategy was to foul Tashan Newsome every time he tried driving to the basket, it backfired.
Newsome made all 12 of his foul shots on his way to a 28-point night to lead the Colonie boys basketball team to a 64-41 victory over Catholic Central in Sunday's Section II, Class AA quarterfinal game at Albany's Times Union Center.
I'm hard on myself on free throws, said Newsome. "I went 25 for 25 on free throws in practice (Saturday), and I'm glad I carried it over to today."
"Newsome is supposed to make them," said Colonie coach Doug Kilmer. "He's one of the best shooters in the area, so if he's unguarded, shouldn't he be able to make those?"
Catholic Central's list of concerns extended beyond Newsome's accuracy at the foul line, though. The Crusaders had no answer near the basket for the duo of Sean Peer and Herb Tedford, who hauled in nearly every open rebound and pounded the paint for a combined 30 points.
"Coming into the game, coach (Kilmer) was saying we had to keep (Jordan) Gettings out of the lane and (Devin) Grimes off the boards," said Peer. "We did a good job of that."
"The way we talked about it going in was we have two 6-6 guys (Tedford and Peer) to their one (Grimes), so we had a 2-to-1 advantage," said Kilmer. "Their effort was great."
By the middle of the second quarter, Catholic Central " which had defeated Colonie earlier this season " was reduced to taking three-pointers, many of which fell short of the basket.
"We definitely wanted to make them shoot outside more," said Peer. "It felt good when they started chucking up threes."
Colonie didn't have to shoot three-pointers all the time, though the Garnet Raiders certainly made theirs count. Newsome drained two threes to start the second quarter, and Andrew Goo added another to cap an 8-0 Colonie run that gave the Garnet Raiders a 24-9 lead. Catholic Central never challenged after that.