Rams run into buz­z­saw

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­news.com

The Newton Rams var­sity bas­ket­ball team ran into a buz­z­saw Fri­day night, fall­ing 73-67 to Luella on the road.

The Li­ons shot 81 per­cent from the floor in the sec­ond half, while a pair of stand­out per­for­mances from guards An­drew Blan­ton and Kylin Ter­rell, who fin­ished with 24 and 17 points, re­spec­tively, helped Luella hand Newton its third loss of the sea­son.

"We played pretty well, but they shot (the) lights out," Newton coach Rick Ras­mussen said. "Their com­ple­men­tary play­ers haven’t' done that all year, and they rarely missed to- night. I would not have ex­pected that kind of per­for­mance out of them.

"Luella has played a bru­tal sched­ule so far, and they're one of the most ta­lented teams in the re­gion," he said. "I was proud of the way we hung in there, but they were very, very good tonight."

The Li­ons boast a lineup that in­cludes 7-footer Do­ral Moore and prospect guard TeMar­cus Blan­ton; the Rams held them to a com­bined 18 points in the loss.

"We did a good job on their two top guys de­fen­sively," Ras­mussen said. "Tay­lor Hawkins did a great job on TeMar­cus and we held our own down low against their big man. It

was just an anom­aly."

The first half fea­tured a slow­down con­test, with the Rams en­ter­ing half­time down 22-18. Newton gave up just five points in the first quar­ter, but a 17-point per­for­mance from the Li­ons in the sec­ond quar­ter al­lowed Luella to en­ter the break with a four-point ad­van­tage.

Luella scored 29 points in the third, but Newton ral­lied in the fourth, cut­ting an 11-point deficit to just four with min­utes re­main­ing.

The Li­ons fin­ished the game at the line, in­clud­ing a per­fect 4-for-4 free-throw mark from An­dre Blan­ton, clinch­ing the home vic­tory

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

The Newton Rams fell 73-67 on the road Fri­day night at Luella. The Li­ons shot over 81 per­cent from the floor in the sec­ond half, while scor­ing 29 points in the third quar­ter.

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