Rams re­sume win­ning ways

The Covington News - - SPORTS - JAVON DICK­ER­SON sports@cov­news.com

The Newton Rams bas­ket­ball team got back into the win col­umn Satur­day evening, af­ter fall­ing to re­gion op­po­nent Luella on Fri­day night.

Newton trav­eled to county-bor­der ri­val Salem, de­feat­ing the Seminoles 66-44 in their sec­ond matchup of the sea­son. Newton soundly de­feated the Seminoles 72-45 in its sec­ond game of the sea­son.

Rams’ se­nior guard Jalen Glover stole the show at Salem, scor­ing 24 points in the win. Glover daz­zled the crowd with his high­light plays, which in­cluded an al­ley-oop dunk and six 3-point­ers.

Darvin Jones added 12 points, and point guard D.J. Hill dished out nine as­sists.

“My game plan was to just play with my team,” Glover said. “I felt the adren­a­line run­ning.”

Salem strug­gled of­fen­sively at times, set­tling for out­side shots too of­ten. Newton’s de­fen­sive pres­sure cre­ated a lit­tle trou­ble for the Seminoles, but Austin Sa­muel fin­ished with 13 points, while Kristo­pher Bridge­man added 12, con­nect­ing on four 3-point at­tempts.

“We set­tled way too much on out­side shots, in­stead of at­tack­ing the bas­ket which our of­fense is pred­i­cated on,” Salem coach Noah Har­rell said.

Newton took con­trol of the game from the open­ing tip, start­ing off with a 15-5 run. The Rams’ de­fense led the way, hold­ing Salem to only 11 points in the first quar­ter.

Of­fen­sively, the Rams cooled off in the sec­ond quar­ter, but their de­fense held tight. Salem tal­lied five points in the quar­ter, help­ing Newton to a dou­ble-digit half­time lead.

Salem came out in the sec­ond half ready to make a game of it. The Seminoles started off the third quar­ter on an 8-0 run and cut the lead to five in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter. But, Newton guards Glover and Caylen Gooch

Dar­rell Everidge/The Cov­ing­ton News

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