Tigers dominate Newton hoopsters with 24 point win

COVINGTON -- Alcovy was hot with four players in double-digit scoring while Newton was not as the Tigers had no trouble against the Rams in the second meeting between county rivals as the Tigers won the game 69-45 on Saturday.

"We didn't play well; we didn't get after it defensively," Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen said. "They won all the loose balls for the first quarter, quarter and a half and that's how they got their lead. They also shot the ball well. When you get put-backs -- they had the offensive rebounds then they had cheap baskets."

The game started slow before Alcovy got on track, outscoring Newton 18-11 to end the first quarter. By the time halftime came around, Alcovy extended its lead to 61-33.

"It's hard to get a handle of their zone/man or whatever they have going for the first few minutes. It usually starts off kind of slow the way it did in the first game," Alcovy head coach Eugene Brown said.

The Tigers outshot Newton, making 52 percent of their field goals, while the Rams only made 18 percent of their shots. Their shooting made it possible for the Tigers to end up with three players in double figures. Devon Edwards led the Tigers with 12 points in the first half followed by Darrius Mathis with 11 and Michael Tucker with 10.

Besides getting beat on field goal percentage, Alcovy also outrebounded Newton as they had 21 rebounds compared to Newton's 10.

"We missed shots in the first half we needed to make. If we make them, we're on fire but we didn't and that made it worse. We didn't stop the bleeding at that point," Rasmussen said. "When we executed and ran plays, we didn't make our shots to slow them up. We also didn't make our free throws that could have stopped the bleeding. We played really, really poorly."

The Tigers continued to apply the pressure to start the second half, outscoring Newton 24-8 to take a 61-33 lead to start the final period.

Even though the Rams closed the gap in the fourth frame, it wasn't enough to get them out of the hole they found themselves in to start the final eight minutes.

Justin Thompson led the Rams in scoring with 17 points followed by Stephen Croone with 14.

For Alcovy, Tucker scored all his points in the first half, with Deondre Butler scoring all 11 of his points in the second half. Mathis finished the game with 15 points while Edwards led all scorers with 19 and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

"We talked about him (Edwards) before the game. He's a guy that if you're in an alley outnumbered, you want Devon on your team. He's going to go down fighting as hard as he can no matter what the situation is," Brown said. "He's just a hard-working, determined individual. Whatever he does, he's going to be successful."