M.L. King hoopsters sweep Rams on the court
Newton High boys crushed; Lady Lions hold on, 44-40
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