M.L. King hoopsters sweep Rams on the court

New­ton High boys crushed; Lady Li­ons hold on, 44-40

The Covington News - - Sports - By Brian Harper

COV­ING­TON — As the New­ton High boys fight for a play­off spot and the Lady Rams fight for their pride, both would fall short against M.L. King on Fri­day night.

In the boys game, New­ton (17-6 over­all, 8-4 Re­gion 2- AAAAA) found out the hard way that it would be no easy task, as fourth-ranked M.L. King cruised to glory, 74-57.

Mean­while, the Lady Rams (7-14, 2-9) sur­ren­dered an­other close loss, 44-40.

For the boys, the Li­ons (194, 10-2) didn’t seem to care that they were play­ing in some­one else’s house, open­ing with an early 9-2 run. In fact, they would never look back.

Ex­tend­ing their lead to 16 at the end of the first, the Li­ons took a com­fort­able 4224 lead into half­time.

Af­ter a much needed rest, the Rams came out in the third look­ing to make things in­ter- es­t­ing. Coached by Rick Ras­mussen, they also put to­gether sev­eral late runs, try­ing to com­plete the come­back.

But the ex­plo­sive of­fense of the Li­ons proved too much for New­ton to han­dle. Get­ting as close as 12 points with only five min­utes to go, the Li­ons — who shot 9-for-10 from the free-throw line — ul­ti­mately ended with the re­gion vic­tory.

M.L. King’s Sean Smith and Demetrius Bates each scored 20 points. Shonzikio Wil­liams chipped in 13.

Mon­trell Grimes led the Rams with 20 points. Ja­mon Hawkins added 14, while Sean Monk scored seven points.

Ear­lier Fri­day, the Lady

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