JACKSON - Five Newton boys basketball players scored in double figures, leading the Rams to a 72-48 trouncing of host Jackson County on Friday night.
Pacing the Rams (7-1) with 14 points each were freshman Derrick Henry and junior Jamon Hawkins. Also scoring in double-digits were Montrell Grimes (13), Sean Monk (11) and Tevin Bradley (10).
Along the way to their 24-point victory, the Rams dropped in seven 3-pointers - including two that were converted into four-point plays.
The only part of Newton's game that was not solid was its free-throw shooting. The Rams only made 53 percent from the line, going 9 of 17.
Jackson struck first with a 3-pointer by Jamal Grier before Hawkins' four-point play put Newton on top. The Red Devils got to within one point before Newton went on a 15-4 run, including three treys, to take a 21-9 lead after the first frame.
Jackson kept pace with the Rams in the second frame. With the help of two shots from the beyond the arc, the Rams were able to outscore Jackson 18-14 to take a 39-23 halftime lead.
The third quarter was slow for both teams as they scored 15 points combined.
The Rams jumped out to a 21-point lead at 45-24 before Jackson came back with a strong finish to end the third quarter, scoring six of the last eight points.
After a sluggish third quarter, the Rams sealed the victory with a strong final period.
Newton extended its advantage early in the fourth period to make it 56-32. However, the Red Devils fought back to cut Newton's lead to 18 points.
On the final basket of the game, Newton's Henry was fouled while making a 3-point basket. He added the free throw for Newton's second four-point play of the contest.
Stelvanious Watts was Jackson's top scorer with 10 points.
Jackson 66, Newton 49
The Lady Rams started the final quarter trailing 44-36.
Newton's Leah Butler sliced the Lady Red Devils' lead down to six, but that's as close as the Lady Rams could get.
Krystal Saunders and Jasmine Smith extended Jackson's lead to 48-38 before Butler and Shay Marks made it a six-point game again.
But Jackson started sinking its shots and used an aggressive defense to keep the Lady Rams off balance in the final four minutes.
The Lady Red Devils, who are ranked No. 10 in the GaSports.com Class AAA poll, outscored Newton 18-7 in the last half of the fourth to win by 17.
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