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New London boys back on track

Kade Benjamin (pictured) led New London with 27 points and 10 rebounds in a road win over Keokuk on Tuesday night. (File)
Kade Benjamin (pictured) led New London with 27 points and 10 rebounds in a road win over Keokuk on Tuesday night. (File)

KEOKUK — The New London boys basketball team is starting to look like its own self. After dropping three-straight games heading into last weekend, the Tigers have now won two-in-a-row, including a 78-74 road win at Keokuk on Tuesday night.

New London came out of the gates firing. The Tigers jumped out to a first quarter advantage and never trailed again.

New London held a 17-11 lead after the first quarter. The Tigers were on top 37-26 at halftime, and 63-48 after three periods.

Keokuk didn’t go down easily. The Chiefs scored 26 points in the fourth quarter and cut the lead down to four points in the final five seconds, but Keokuk ran out of time, and New London took a big nonconference win back home.

Kade Benjamin ripped up the Chiefs for 27 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Blaise Porter put up 20 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals. Devin Swanson added 14 points. Camden Kasel and Bowen Glaha scored eight each.

New London moved to 7-3 overall with the win. They’ll put their 6-2 conference record on the line Thursday night when they play at WACO (1-9, 0-7).