COVINGTON — Newton’s boys basketball team made a statement winning their first varsity game at the facility with a 68-28 thrashing of Alcovy on Tuesday.
“I thought it was a really fun atmosphere to be able to play in the new facility,” Newton head boys coach Rick Rasmussen said. “I thought we played pretty well.”
“They introduced me to Newton County pretty good. I was telling the guys that is the first time I’ve never taken a (loss) like this,” first-year Alcovy head boys coach Jabari Levi said. “But this is the first program I’m putting together in this manner.”
Newton (1-0 overall, 1-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) may have struggled with some of their plays and at the foul line in the first half but it was not enough to give the Tigers (0-1, 0-1) the feeling of hope. The Rams led 18-8 after first quarter before increasing their lead to 29-15 to end the first half.
The Rams were 4-for-11 from the line in the first half before improving to 10-for- 15 in the second half.
“We were a little inconsistent and we played well in spurts in different situations. We had some missed assignments here and there but overall we played with good intensity and good effort,” Rasmussen said. “I thought Jalen (Glover) played well, especially in the third quarter when he put the game out of reach. I thought that was a good sign.”
Glover, who led all scorers with 15 points, spearheaded the Rams in the third quarter with seven points as Newton scored 20 points while shutting down the Alcovy offense holding them to seven points. Alcovy committed 19 turnovers for the game while the Rams only turned the ball over nine times.
Newton’s D.J. Hill also had a good night scoring 10 points with two other players with nine points.
“I knew coming in that we had to withstand the pressure. We handled it okay but as the game went on they continued to come in waves and we weren’t able to bounce back from that,” Levi said. “We still have to figure out who I can depend on. That’s going to be a big critical thing for us.”
Alcovy had a hard time scoring as no one stepped up to take control. Alcovy’s top scorers had five points each.
“I told them before the game that this is the first of 25 (games). So we’ll continue to build, it’s a work in progress,” Levi said. “We still have a long way to go and we’ll continue to get better.
“It’s going to take awhile for them to adjust to me and to learn the system and learn the things that I like. We’re learning each other. I’m learning my personnel and this is a good game to see how people respond under the lights. We looked totally different in practice as we did in the game.”