Rams run into buzzsaw
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
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.