Same ol’ Newby

Ju­nior guard Dono­van Newby’s 3-pointer pow­ers Bloom to easy win over Rich East

Daily Southtown (Sunday) - - SPORTS - By Tony Baranek

The 3-pointer that ju­nior guard Dono­van Newby hit for Bloom early in the sec­ond quar­ter Fri­day against Rich East served a cou­ple of pur­poses.

For one thing, it gave the Blaz­ing Tro­jans their first lead of the game.

For an­other, it awak­ened a giant.

“Yeah, that three opened things up for me,” Newby said. “It was a con­fi­dence booster be­cause I had missedmy first cou­ple of shots.”

He didn’tmiss­many the rest of the night in Bloom’s 72-57 South­land vic­tory.

Newby scored 24 points for the Blaz­ing Tro­jans (15-1, 3-0). Ke­shawn Williams added 13, while Emani Burgess con­trib­uted nine points and 10 re­bounds.

Lewis Harper scored 14 points for Rich East (7-6, 2-1). Karl Polk Jr. had nine points and nine re­bounds.

Newby shook Bloom out of a ma­jor stu­por at the start of the game.

He hit the 3-pointer with 6:01 left in the sec­ond quar­ter to put the Blaz­ing Tro­jans on top 15-12. Be­fore that, they had shot 2for-18.

“All of our guys work re­ally hard, but they know some­times shots aren’t go­ing to fall,” Newby said. “So, we keep it up on the de­fen­sive end. We knowthe shots will even­tu­ally fall.

“We have a bunch of elite peo­ple on our team. So when we shoot, we’re go­ing to keep the faith the next shot will go down.”

Newby fol­lowed up his 3pointer with a run­ning bank-in. Then, he made the as­sist on a 3-pointer by Justin Moore. The three-play flurry left the Blaz­ing Tro­jans in front 20-12.

“He’s a leader,” Bloom coach Dante Mad­dox said of Newby. “He played qual­ity min­utes as a fresh­man on var­sity. He’s a real steady player.

“He’s our rock. When things don’t go right, I trust him be­ing one of our lead­ers to get us back on track.”

It was Bloom’s first game since hav­ing a sea­son-long un­beaten streak snapped in a 58-44 loss to Curie at the Pon­tiac Hol­i­day Tour­na­ment.

“It’s been a long week,” Williams said. “It­was a tough loss

against Curie. We just wanted to bounce back fromthatand get a good ‘W.’

“We might have been too pumped up for this game. We started out kind of slow and they put the first punch on us. But we kept our com­po­sure and we kept go­ing af­ter it.”

Williams ap­plied the ex­cla­ma­tion mark late in the fourth quar­ter when he took a long lob fromNewby and com­pleted a thun­der­ous dunk.

If Newby’s early 3-point­er­was the most crit­i­cal, the pass for the slam was a crowd-pleaser.

“God blessed me to play with a lot of ath­letic peo­ple like Dante Mad­dox Jr., Mar­tice and Ke­shawn,” Newby said. “It’s fun to get on fast breaks with them and just throwit up there to bring the crowd en­ergy.”

STEVE JOHN­STON/DAILY SOUTH­TOWN

Bloom's Dono­van Newby dishes a pass against Rich East dur­ing a game on Fri­day.

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