COVINGTON — Newton’s boys basketball team had to fight and fight hard to come away with a 66-60 road win in overtime against Region 2-AAAAAA opponent Morrow after trailing by 11 points on Tuesday.
“Our region is so difficult that any win in the region is great, this was like stealing one,” Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen said.
The Rams (7-1, 2-1) found themselves in a precarious situation trailing 43-54 with less than three minutes left in regulation against a bigger Morrow (4-6, 1-2) team.
After coming off a time out, Jalen Glover started the comeback hitting a 3-pointer before the Newton defense kept the Mustangs off the board hitting another 3-pointer. Glover was able to convert another shot from beyond the arc with Caylen Gooch sinking Newton’s fourth straight 3-pointer putting the Rams in a 12-2 run.
“We were down by one (point) and they scored so we were down by three and I called a timeout with 13 seconds to go,” Rasmussen said. “I said if we can’t hit a two-point basket within five seconds we’ll have to go for a 3-pointer. We looked around and Galen was falling backwards and he shot it anyway, he made the 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds to go.”
Morrow quickly took the ball down the court but Newton’s defense was able to keep them from getting a look at the basket forcing the game into overtime tied at 58.
The Mustangs were able to use their height advantage to get the tip-off but ended giving the ball to the Newton on a turnover. That was when D.J. Hill put the team on his back and led them to victory.
“D.J. Hill, who was not feeling well at all, had eight points in regulation but took over in over had seven points. I’m really proud of D.J. Hill because he felt horrible but he still had 15 points” Rasmussen said. “I think their moral was kind of killed because they were wondering why they were in overtime. We outscored them in overtime 8-2.”
Glover lit up the scoreboard hitting six 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 25 points. Also scoring in double figures was Keion Sims who had 10 points and three blocks.
“We got hot at the right time from the perimeter when we needed it badly,” Rasmussen said. “We played a great defensive first half only giving up 27 points. The 60 points was the most points we’ve given up all year. We’re only averaging giving up 44 points a game and we’re 57 so that’s pretty good.”
The Lady Rams (6-3, had no trouble maintaining their foot to the throttle after jumping out to a 22-2 lead over the Lady Mustangs. Morrow (6-7, 1-2) was able to get a point back outscoring Newton 11-10 in the second quarter. But the Newton teams came back scoring 22 points to Morrow’s 14 in the third before ending the game four points, 15-14, better than the Lady Mustangs.