COVINGTON - Newton's Tevin Bradley and Jamon Hawkins gave the Rams the spark they needed to earn the first win of the season 66-44 over Jackson on Tuesday.
Bradley registered the team's first double-double, scoring 15 points and bringing down 10 boards.
Hawkins made 5 of 8 shots from 3-point range to equal Bradley on the scoreboard.
"We know he's a shooter, and when he goes full speed, he can do a lot of things," Newton coach Rick Rasmussen said of Hawkins.
The Rams had 36 rebounds for the night and caused 12 Red Devils turnovers.
"We're not very tall, and it does make a difference," Rasmussen said. "We have to scratch and claw and do the best we can.
"I think our pressure gave them a little trouble. It's just good to get the first one under the belt and give the guys a little confidence. They know that what we do works, and we'll just keep working to get better."
The Red Devils took the lead with the first shot by Rome Clark, the only time they led during the game. The advantage quickly vanished after Hawkins sank his first 3-pointer of the night.
The Red Devils kept it a one-point game until a basket by Montrell Grimes and 3-pointers by Tarius Farley and Jared Mann gave the Rams a 12-9 lead to end the period.
Farley started the second quarter with a 3-pointer as the Rams outscored Jackson 15-7 to take a 27-19 halftime lead.
"We were a little sloppy, but a lot of that was because for a lot of the guys this was their first varsity game," Rasmussen said. "I felt that after they calmed down, it was a little bit better. I thought we played well in spurts. We really didn't play a complete game, I think it was good that we were at home. I thought overall we played pretty well. We just need to tighten up a few things that were sloppy."
Newton continued to dominate Jackson in the third quarter, extending the lead to 41-24, including scoring the final six points.
Jackson kept up with the Rams in the fourth quarter, scoring 20 points to Newton's 21 but was never close to taking the lead.
Sean Monk also scored in double digits for Newton, with 10 points.
Stel Watts, with 16 points, and Jamal Grier, with 10 points, led Jackson on the scoreboard.
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