Newton overcome Jaguars with overtime win

ATHENS — The Newton boys basketball team overcame a tough team on the road needing an extra frame to beat Cedar Shoals 51-46 in overtime on Saturday.

The Rams (16-4) went led 22-10 to end the first half with the help of a half-court, buzzer beater by Taylor Hawkins. Newton continued to build off that momentum to go up by nine points at the end of the third period. However, the Jaguars were not about to lay down quietly as they fought back to tie the game in regulation.

“Our defense tightened up in overtime; a great character win for us,” Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen said. “They got some serious home cooking. (It was) good to have to fight through adversity.”

Freshman Darvin Jones finished the game leading all scorers with 16 points.

“I’m proud of the way our kids fought through and got a win when we didn’t play that well either,” Rasmussen said. “Taylor Hawkins played great defense again too, shutting down their best player like he did the first time.”

The Rams will try to solidify their second-place ranking the Region 2-AAAAAA standings we they face No. 1 ranked Luella at home today following the 6 p.m. girls game.