Ordu's bucket lifts Rams to 51-48 win

The Covington News - - Sports -

Josh Briggs

Newton com­pleted the sea­son sweep of Her­itage Tues­day with a 51-48 vic­tory.

Alex Ordu's run­ner with 12 sec­onds left put the Rams up one and D.Q. Jack­son missed a layup for Her­itage with two sec­onds re­main­ing. Ordu snagged the re­bound and knocked down two free throws to put the game on ice.

The Rams re­bounded from a poor show­ing from the free throw line over the hol­i­day break to go 13-for-17 from the stripe.

Der­rick Henry was par­tic­u­larly good, go­ing 7 for 8. Henry fin­ished with 14 points.

Justin Thomp­son scored all of his 11 points in the first half. Thomp­son hit two threes in the first quar­ter and kept Newton in the game early. He fin­ished with three from down­town.

Newton also held the edge in re­bound­ing. The Rams cor­ralled 14 of­fen­sive re­bounds to Her­itage's seven and out­re­bounded the Pa­tri­ots 35-27 over­all.

Her­itage took the lead at 48-47 on Dezan Gibby's three in­side of a minute to play. Newton worked the ball down and Ordu hit a run­ning jumper in the lane near the free throw line.

The Pa­tri­ots had a chance to win when Jack­son slipped by the Rams de­fense on his way to the bas­ket. But he lost bal­ance along the way and missed the layup.

Twon Wade led the way for Her­itage with 14. Gibby had 11 and Jack­son fin­ished with 10.

Ordu fin­ished with 13 points, 10 as­sists and four re­bounds. Wil­lie Smith scored eight points and a game-high 11 re­bounds.

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