Preview: New­ton hoopsters wel­come Stephen­son tonight

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And on Tues­day, Grimes and Demetrius McCray sat out with the flu, un­able to con­trib­ute in the loss against Redan.

“It’s a big game for us,” said Ras­mussen. “We’d love to do well, but we won’t have Sean, and we’ll have a hop­pled Demetrius and Mon­trell. It’s go­ing to be a real chal­lenge.”

Should the Rams (17-7 over­all, 8-5 Re­gion 2-AAAAA) win, they must be able to stop col­lege prospect Adrian Cole­man. On Jan. 11, Cole­man dropped 18 points dur­ing a 6649 win over New­ton.

“We can’t let them run be­cause they’re real long and ath­letic,” said Ras­mussen. “We’ll need to take care of the ball and be pa­tient and shoot good shots. We can’t force bad shots be­cause they’ll be out on a run. They’re play­ing ex­tremely well right now.”

Stephen­son’s William Tole­free and Rashad Carter reached dou­bles fig­ures with 14 and 13 points, re­spec­tively.

“We’re hop­ing Omar (Craw­ley) will do well off the bench,” said Ras­mussen of the se­nior, who re­places Monk tonight in the start­ing lineup.

New­ton should get some home cook­ing this time around, see­ing that Stephen­son (16-6, 10-3) went to the free-throw line 21 times com­pared to just four dur­ing their pre­vi­ous matchup.

Monk led the Rams with 18 points. His ab­sence tonight will most cer­tainly play a fac­tor in the out­come. Tevin Bradley and Mon­trell Grimes each scored 10 points apiece, while Ja­mon Hawkins chipped in with eight.

More than likely, the Rams will face Redan next week in the game to go to state re­gard­less of what hap­pens tonight. New­ton is a vir­tual lock for fourth in re­gion ac­tion.

“This week the big­gest thing is to get bet­ter,” said Ras­mussen.

Ja­son Mur­dock/The Cov­ing­ton News

Sign­ing Day: Jor­dan Ritchey signs a full schol­ar­ship to play foot­ball at the Univer­sity of West Ge­or­gia on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at East­side High. Pic­tured, left to right: East­side coach Rick Hurst, par­ents Paige and Don Ritchey and Jor­dan.

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