New­ton's bench big over Druid Hills

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

New­ton went deep into its bench and got some valu­able play­ing time for its re­serves against Druid Hills Tues­day night, as the Rams routed the Red Devils 77-40 at home.

It was a well-rounded scor­ing ef­fort for New­ton, as Darvin Jones scored 12 points to pace the Rams. D.J. Hill fin­ished with eight points, and Jalen Glover added 10 to join Jones in dou­ble fig­ures.

In all, 12 dif­fer­ent New­ton play­ers scored in the 37-point win, as New­ton shot 45 per­cent from the field.

“I thought our guard play was too much for them in the first quar­ter,” New­ton coach Rick Ras­mussen said. “We did a great job of get­ting into the pass­ing lanes.”

New­ton started off the game on one of its big­gest runs of the sea­son, a 30-5 run in the first half.

Tay­lor Hawkins scored eight points in the open­ing quar­ter, as New­ton raced out to a 21-5 lead over the open­ing eight min­utes of play.

The sec­ond quar­ter saw the Rams’ re­serves be­gin to make their mark, help­ing New­ton to a 13-3 run to open the pe­riod.

New­ton fin­ished the first half shoot­ing 50 per­cent from the field, car­ry­ing a 42-13 lead into half­time.

The Rams didn’t let up in the sec­ond half, push­ing their lead to as many as 45 points. New­ton got solid play out of its big men, Tra Peaks and Josh Tukes, in the sec­ond half.

New­ton has a chance to claim the sec­ond spot in Re­gion 2-AAAAAA Fri­day night when its takes on Love­joy.

The Rams fell 56-48 to the Wild­cats ear­lier this sea­son.

“We are go­ing to have to play smart,” Ras­mussen.

“We have a chance, so we’re look­ing for­ward to it.”

Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at home.

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