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play when it mat­tered most.

The se­nior shoot­ing guard took the ball from the top of the key, down the lane and hit Henry who cut to the bas­ket when the de­fense bit on the drive.

“He [Hawkins] is our quick­est guy and we let him pen­e­trate there and he’s very un­selfish,” Ras­mussen said. “Right now he’s av­er­ag­ing eight as­sists per game and he got one right there. That was a big one.”

With the win, the Rams (5-0, 10 Re­gion 2-AAAAA) cracked the top-10 in this week’s GaS­ports. com/GACA Coaches Poll.

Early on it looked as if M.L. King was go­ing to run away and hide. The Lions jumped out to an early 9-3 but the Rams stormed back with a 9-3 run of their own to tie the game at 12.

M.L. King’s ath­leti­cism ap­peared to be more than the Rams could han­dle. The Lions hit the of­fen­sive glass hard in the first few min­utes to build its lead, but New­ton stayed within it­self and weath­ered the ini­tial storm be­fore set­tling in.

“Last year we were down 9-0 at Dou­glass and won; so early on, it doesn’t mean a whole lot,” Ras­mussen said. “We don’t ever panic. We try to stay with what we do and we just trust that it will work and we did enough things down the stretch so we’ll take it.”

The Lions led 16-14 af­ter one pe­riod of play but New­ton outscored them in the sec­ond pe­riod and the two teams went to the locker room at half­time tied 2727.

“We didn’t shoot it par­tic­u­larly well I thought and that’s prob­a­bly why it was so neck-and-neck,” Ras­mussen said. “But I thought we scrapped, and again, they [M.L. King] are long and ath­letic and have more size like half the teams in our re­gion do and we just have to scrap and be bet­ter at the lit­tle things.”

The Lions used a 5-0 run in the clos­ing min­utes of the third quar- ter to take a 5-point lead head­ing into the fi­nal stanza.

Far­ley hit a 3-pointer in the open­ing mo­ments of the fourth and New­ton cut it to 40-38 with seven min­utes to play. Far­ley scored all of his seven points down the stretch.

“I thought we made a lot of good plays,” added Ras­mussen. “Our pres­sure gave them some trou­ble. We trapped on the wing some and we got some break out layups there and we did just enough to keep it close and when you’re at home and keep it close, you have a good chance.”

Henry led the way for New­ton with 19 points while Hawkins chipped in with 11.

“They are well-coached and they are long and ath­letic,” Ras­mussen said. “I’m not sur­prised that it was a good ball­game.”

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