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Newton basketball teams sweep tournament titles

COMMERCE -- The defense for the Newton boy's basketball team seems to get better each time the Covington school hits the floor.

The Rams held their fifth consecutive opponent to 45 points or less and Stephen Croone led the way on offense as Newton won the championship game of the Wing Slingers Holiday Bash 56-42 over River Ridge.

Newton, which in the first two rounds held Stephens County and Banks County to a combined 63 points, had another impressive showing Friday, while Croone scored a game-high 20 points to win tournament MVP honors. Croone, a senior guard, averaged 19.6 points.

"We played great defense the entire tournament, our defense was outstanding the entire tournament, said Newton coach Rick Rasmussen, whose team won the tournament at East Jackson High School for the second consecutive year.

The Newton girls also won a tournament title as MVP Precious Price led the way in a 64-32 win over Loganville. The Rams, winners of four consecutive games, defeated their three tournament opponents by an average margin of 25.6 points.