New­ton ral­lies in over­time over Jaguars

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­

The New­ton boys var­sity basketball team needed over­time Satur­day to han­dle Cedar Shoals, but in the end, the Rams ral­lied from a first-quar­ter deficit to de­feat the Jaguars 5146 on the road in non-re­gion play.

Darvin Jones led the Rams with 15 points, pac­ing a New­ton trio, with Tay­lor Hawkins and Keion Simms, that fin­ished in dou­ble fig­ures. How­ever, New­ton found it­self down 12-5 af­ter the first quar­ter, strug­gling to find its shots.

While the Rams’ D.J. Hill and Jalen Glover com­bined for just 10 shots in the game, New­ton over­came its early of­fen­sive de­fi­cien­cies, outscor­ing Cedar Shoals by 16 com­bined points in the se­cond and third quar­ters.

New­ton ral­lied to take a 22-20 lead at half­time thanks to a half-court shot at the buzzer from Hawkins, and the Rams dom­i­nated the third quar­ter be­fore Cedar Shoals ral­lied in the fourth quar­ter to force over­time.

"I thought there was a lit­tle fa­tigue and let­down af­ter the ri­valry game Fri­day night against Al­covy,” New­ton coach Rick Ras­mussen said. “We gave Al­covy ev­ery­thing we had and then turned right around and had to travel and play a 5:30 game. It was a quick turn­around.

“Cedar played ex­tremely well, and they are tal­ented on the front line,” he said. “They did a good job on our guards, but af­ter the fourth we were able to get the lead and just kill the clock.”

Cedar Shoals outscored the Rams 15-6 in the fourth quar­ter, forc­ing over­time with the game tied 39-39.

In the ex­tra pe­riod, New­ton dom­i­nated, outscor­ing the Jaguars 12-7.

Ras­mussen said turnovers and free throws de­ter­mined the game. New­ton turned the ball over just six times to Cedar Shoals’ 15, and New­ton out­shot the Jaguars 27 to 18 at the char­ity-stripe, hit­ting 18 free throws.

“Those lit­tle things made the dif­fer­ence,” Ras­mussen said. “They shot a bet­ter per­cent­age than us at the line, but we shot more. They’re a big­ger team, but we only gave up seven of­fen­sive

re­bounds, and they only out-re­bounded us 36-32, so we were fairly even there.”

Sims fin­ished with eight re­bounds for the Rams and had two blocks, while Hawkins added three re­bounds and two steals.

“It was a great char­ac­ter-build­ing win for our guys,” Ras­mussen said. “We didn’t play well and still came out with a win in a tough en­vi­ron­ment.”

The New­ton girls var­sity basketball team con­tin­ued its re­cent win streak on the road, earn­ing a 79-41 vic­tory over Cedar Shoals in the early con­test.

The win gave New­ton its sixth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory since Jan. 4.

New­ton re­turns to ac­tion Fri­day on the road against Rock­dale County.

Game time against the Bull­dogs is set for 7 p.m.

An­thony Banks/The Covington News

New­ton con­tin­ued its re­cent win streak with a 51-46 vic­tory on the road Satur­day at Cedar Shoals.

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