Rams avenge early sea­son loss to Wild­cats

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

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.

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