Rams avenge early season loss to Wildcats
The Newton Rams had revenge on their minds going into Friday night’s contest against the Lovejoy Wildcats.
The Wildcats defeated the Rams by eight in their first contest of the 20132014 season, and handed Newton its first region loss of the season. But it was all Rams in the regu- lar season series finale, as Newton outlasted Lovejoy 50-34.
Newton coach Rick Rasmussen said the Rams were determined and focused on the task at hand, which helped them play one of their best games of the season.
Newton committed just four turnovers in the win, while scoring easy buckets in transition and forcing the Wildcats into 10 turnovers.
“I thought we executed extremely well,” Rasmussen said. “I thought that was one of our best execution games of the year. Our kids listened, they had two good hard days of practice to prepare, and they executed our game plan to near perfection.”
Lovejoy jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but after the Wildcats’ early advantage, Newton never trailed again. Jalen Glover started off the game for the Rams by knocking down backto-back 3-point shots, but Newton led by just one possession heading into the second quarter.
Glover opened up the second quarter with a 3-pointer, but, Newton couldn’t gain complete control of the game then, as Lovejoy used its size to take command of the offensive glass for sec- ond-chance opportunities.
Newton withstood Lovejoy’ size advantage, however, carrying a seven-point lead into halftime.
Newton took control of the game in third quarter and never looked back. D.J. Hill sparked a 1910 run in the third quarter with a 3-pointer that pushed Newton’s lead into double digits. Glover had eight points in the quarter and knocked down two big 3-pointers.
Newton cruised in the fourth for the 16-point victory, improving its region record to 5-2.
Glover finished with 21 points to pace Newton, including five 3-pointers. Keion Sims also pitched in 10 points in the win.
“I just wanted to play hard and try to come out
with the win,” Glover said. “I really wanted to beat them so we can have a chance to get to No. 2 in the region.”
Jahir Cabeza had 16 points in the game for Lovejoy, but the loss tied the highest margin of defeat for the Wildcats this season.
The win moves Newton into a tie with Lovejoy for the second seed in the region.
Newton returns to action Friday on the road at Alcovy.