Rams plow through Hur­ri­canes in ex­hi­bi­tion, 65-34

New­ton led by four play­ers who score in dou­ble fig­ures

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Ja­son Mur­dock

By Ja­son Mur­dock

If Thurs­day night was any sign as to how the New­ton boys bas­ket­ball team will per­form this sea­son, then great things are in store for the blue and white.

The Rams rolled past the Mon­roe Area Hur­ri­canes 65-34 on the road dur­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion match, mark­ing their first test of the year.

“It was an ex­cit­ing and fun way to start the sea­son,” said New­ton head coach Rick Ras­mussen. “I felt like we re­ally came out ready to play and took them out of their game im­me­di­ately. Our de­fense was out­stand­ing in the first half, and our of­fense was run­ning on all cylin­ders.”

Just how daz­zling was that de­fense? At the end of the first half the Rams led 34-5. Seven dif­fer­ent play­ers scored in the sec­ond quar­ter alone, as they outscored the Hur­ri­canes 24-2 dur­ing that pe­riod.

Over­all, four play­ers reached dou­ble fig­ures for the Rams, in­clud­ing Ja­mon Hawkins (13), Sean Monk (12), Tevin Bradley (11) and Mon­trell Grimes (10).

Hawkins also had 5 as­sists and 4 steals, while Grimes recorded a team-high 7 re­bounds. In ad­di­tion, Craw­ley added 6 boards off the bench.

“I am proud of the kids for play­ing so well to­gether and mak­ing the un­selfish plays that it takes for us to win bas­ket­ball games,” com­pli­mented Ras­mussen. “We are at our best when we make the ex­tra pass and don’t force bad shots. We have a lot of weapons of­fen­sively, so if we just share the 2007-08 Rams over­view on news­stands Fri­day

ball we are tough to guard.”

Last year the Rams en­joyed a sim­i­lar re­sult against Mon­roe Area dur­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion match at home, win­ning 79-40 in con­vinc­ing fash­ion. Plus, four New­ton play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures in that par­tic­u­lar game, as well.

“We still need to work on re­bound­ing and over­all tough­ness to negate our lack of size, es­pe­cially since there are so many big kids in our re­gion,” noted Ras­mussen. “If we can do that, I think we’ll be al­right.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ras­mussen, the win was in­stru­men­tal as it will al­low his team to work on ar­eas need­ing im­prove­ment over the hol­i­day break. The keys will be to re­main fo­cused and im­ple­ment ma­tu­rity in or­der to max­i­mize team pro­duc­tiv­ity dur­ing that time.

“We are ea­ger to take on (Jack­son) and see how ready and tough we re­ally are,” said Ras­mussen. “If we can play hard and com­pete with heart, I’ll think we’ll have a chance at an­other great sea­son.”

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