Newton boy’s basketball coach Rick Rasmussen admitted that Jalen Glover had been going through a difficult night before the senior stepped to the free throw line with four seconds to play in a tie game. That difficult night will quickly be forgotten, though as Glover knocked down a pair of free throws to lift the Rams to a 38-36 victory over Paulding County in the Hoops for Hope Cancer Classic.
With the game tied at 36-36, Glover grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled, which sent him to the line for a 1-and-1 situation. Glover hit the clutch go-ahead free throw, then the second to help Newton stay unbeaten at 3-0.
“Jalen had had a tough night, but those were big,” said Rasmussen.
Newton led by six after three quarters, but Paulding scored the first five points of the fourth to make it a 30-29 game. Newton didn’t make a field goal in the final period, but made all eight of its free throw attempts to finish the game 17-of-19 from the line. The Rams’ defense also had a big night, forcing 18 turnovers and holding Paulding County (1-2) leading scorer Michael Hemphill, who had scored 46 points in the Dallas school’s first two games, to just a single point.
“One of the big differences in the game, we had nine turnovers, they had 18,” said Rasmussen. “Our pressure defense gave them some trouble.”
Freshman guard Darvin Jones led Newton with 17 points and D.J. Hill added 10, including a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
The Eastside girl’s got their season off to a fine start with wins over Clarkston and Greenforest Christian in the Morrow Thanksgiving Tournament. In Wednesday’s 66-10 victory over Clarkston, Jazzmine Cook led the way with 18 points and the Eagles’ defense overwhelmed the Class AAAAA Angoras.
“Our girls played great,” said Eastside coach Matthew Jackson.
The Eagles knocked off Greenforest Christian 66-55. Though Greenforest held a one-point lead briefly in the fourth quarter, the Covington school was able to move to 2-0. Cook again had a team-high in points with 23, Deshantra Kelly added 11 and Zaria Barton added 10.
“Both games we shot the ball well and played good defense,” said Jackson.