New­ton stuffs Al­covy

The Covington News - - SPORTS - JARED WIL­LIAMS sports@cov­news.com

When New­ton meets Al­covy on the bas­ket­ball court, it’s al­ways a big game with brag­ging rights on the line.

This year, the ri­valry is boosted even more with both Al­covy and New­ton be­ing in the same re­gion, Re­gion 2- AAAAAA, for the first time. Satur­day that re­gion ri­valry kicked off with the Tigers, and their three straight losses, wel­com­ing New­ton which had won three straight.

Things didn’t change much af­ter the two teams fin­ished up on the court with New­ton win­ning 47- 43.

Led by se­nior small for­ward Rashard Ca­bane’s 12 points, in­clud­ing go­ing 6 of 7 at the free- throw line, the Rams man­aged to come away with a hard­fought vic­tory.

Hav­ing trailed for

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most of the game, in­clud­ing by seven at one point, it was Ca­bane who came up big on the de­fen­sive end as he drew key charges on Al­covy’s Mar­cus Beasley.

Ca­bane, lead­ing the Rams in charges, hav­ing 10 in the last two games, set a new New­ton record with six against Al­covy.

“Rashard also showed great heart by tak­ing what I think is a New­ton record of 6 charges on de­fense in the game,” New­ton coach Rick Ras­mussen said. “Both teams pride them­selves on be­ing phys­i­cally tough, and we knew that both phys­i­cal and men­tal tough­ness would be what it would take to win on the road in a ri­valry game.”

While New­ton shot just 47 per­cent from the free- throw line ( 17 of 36) but came up big from both the line and the field in the sec­ond half.

Through­out the fi­nal two pe­ri­ods, New­ton shot 60 per­cent from the field af­ter mak­ing just 28 per­cent in the first two quar­ters.

“We shot 21 more free throws than Al­covy, which is pretty much dom­i­nat­ing the game phys­i­cally,” Ras­mussen said. “But ob­vi­ously, we didn't cash in.”

For the Tigers, se­nior power for­ward Mar­cus Beasley’s 15 point, 3 re­bound game wasn’t enough to put his team over the top. Hav­ing seem­ingly had the game un­der con­trol for a large ma­jor­ity of the game, the Tiger’s sloppy pass­ing and foul rid­den de­fense cost them key pos­ses­sions late in the game.

The Tigers held strong through the first half and found them­selves with a slight

D.J. Hill goes to the rim on a dunk, as New­ton pulls away from Al­covy Satur­day. It was the first Re­gion 2-AAAAAA game for both teams. The re­gion slate con­tin­ued Tues­day, with matchups that con­cluded af­ter press time. lead at half­time. Their pesky de­fense man­aged to frus­trate the vis­it­ing Rams who seemed dis­com­bob­u­lated and flus­tered at times.

But it was the Rams who turned the ta­bles on the some­times wild Tiger of­fense, tak­ing as big as an eight- point lead in the mid­dle of the fourth. Al­covy cut it to two late, but New­ton han­dled the Tigers press well and made enough free throws down the stretch to hold them off.

Jalen Glover had eight points and five re­bounds, and Ro­dar­i­ous Mitchell had nine points and three as­sists for the Rams, who forced 15 turnovers.

Switch­ing be­tween a half court press and man to man pro­tec­tion, New­ton’s de­fen­sive ef­fort trans­lated to points on the of­fense end as the Tigers’ de­fense was left scram­bling for the re­main­der of the night.

The Rams are now 9- 4 against Al­covy and af­ter Tues­day night’s game against Love­joy, which fin­ished af­ter press time, travel to Jack­son, At­lanta Fri­day. Al­covy hosted Druid Hills Tues­day and con­tinue re­gion play Fri­day at Mor­row.

An­thony Banks /The Cov­ing­ton News

New­ton de­fend­ers sur­round Al­covy in the Rams fourth-straight win Satur­day.

An­thony Banks /The Cov­ing­ton News

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