NEWTOWN – In cross-town rivalry games, players usually give an extra ounce of effort to beat their opponent.

Tuesday night in Newtown, the Council Rock North Indians varsity boys basketball team made sure they gave everything they had hosting their cross-town foe, the Council Rock South Golden Hawks.

The Indians lost their first game to the Golden Hawks this season 51-40, so the second time around North made sure to get off to a good start. Their defense was key in the first quarter as they held South to just 4-points in the quarter.

Open shot three-pointers started falling for the Indians in the second quarter, and their biggest three came when senior Matt McAlister drained a buzzer-beater to end the first half (see shot below).

“I got the ball and I saw [the defender] starting to play off of me, so I thought ‘shoot it, why not?’ I wasn’t going to get a better opportunity.”

The shot gave North a 22-10 lead at halftime.

In the fourth quarter the Indians reached a game-high 17-point lead. At the final whistle, Council Rock North defeated Council Rock South by a score of 40-28.

“It feels great to get this win especially after they (Council Rock South) beat us early this season,” McAlister said. “It was awesome to get them back the second time around at home.”

The Indians now have a record of 7-9 (3-5 in conference, while Council Rock South is now 3-10 (2-5 in conference).

WBCB’s David Asch contributed to this report.