Ea­gles, Tigers meet up with op­po­site streaks

The Covington News - - SPORTS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

The New­ton Rams and Al­covy Tigers squared off in a matchup of top teams in one of the state’s bet­ter re­gions Satur­day night.

While the game fin­ished af­ter press time, the set up was ripe with story lines. The two teams met in re­gion play for the first time ever; New­ton spent the last few years com­pet­ing at the state’s high­est level, just miss­ing the post­sea­son in 2011- 12; and Al­covy jumped on to the scene reach­ing the elite eight last year and, oh yeah, the whole area ri- val thing.

Adding to that list was the fact that Al­covy was strug­gling in the early sea­son, coming in with three straight losses, while the Rams had three straight wins.

Af­ter coming up with an 11- point vic­tory over Stone Moun­tain and a 12- point win over Hart County, New­ton had a tougher time with Jenk­ins Fri­day, but came out with the win.

The two teams have faced off twice be­fore in play­off games, and Fri­day night’s matchup was also closely con­tested.

Tied at 36- 36 go­ing into the fourth quar­ter, New­ton gave up a 10- 0 run to give Jenk­ins a late lead. How­ever, the home team kept up its pres­sure and pulled off its big­gest come­back of the short sea­son.

The Rams used a 12- 1 run in the last four min­utes, sparked by Jalen Glover’s 3- pointer with

about four min­utes left. Af­ter Glover’s 3, New­ton used full- court pres­sure to pick up some turnovers and cut the deficit.

Ro­dar­ius Mitchell then hit a foul- line jumper and Rashard Ca­bane hit an­other field goal to make it a four­point game.

Af­ter a Jenk­ins freethrow, Glover hit an­other 3 to cut it to one. Mitchell put New­ton in the lead with two free throws with less than a minute left.

Jenk­ins tied it on a free throw, only to see New­ton re­gain the lead on Ca­bane’s free throws with 15 sec­onds left. The Warriors ( 0- 3) then took over pos­ses­sion and were driv­ing on tran­si­tion, go­ing up for a game- win­ning layup.

That’s where Mitchell stepped in to take the charge.

Glover led the way with 17 points, six re­bounds and two as­sists and Ca­bane added 11 points and four charges. Mitchell fin­ished with nine points, three as­sists, four re­bounds and the big charge. Al­bert Zach­ery had his first start at cen­ter, and came up with five points, two re­bounds, two steals and a block and Tay­lor Hawkins came off the bench for a game- high seven re­bounds.

The Tigers lost to an­other ri­val, East­side, 6248 Fri­day night.

The Ea­gles ( 3- 0) were led by Quin­dar­rius Rus­sell with 25 points and Chavis Wil­liams with 10 points and 13 re­bounds. An­thony Hen­der­son added 14 points for the Ea­gles.

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