Newton boys develop team chemistry as summer continues

Newton boys head basketball coach Rick Rasmussen displays a play during their camp at Clayton State University. (Submitted photo)

Newton boys head basketball coach Rick Rasmussen displays a play during their camp at Clayton State University. (Submitted photo)

COVINGTON — Newton’s boys basketball team continues to improve on the summer workouts going 6-1 during their Clayton State and UGA camps.

They suffered a loss 40-38 loss against Arabia Mountain at Clayton State while winning the rest of their games at Clayton State as well as all three games at UGA.

“The team is definitely improving,” Newton boys head coach Rick Rasmussen said. “We have had our share of learning experiences but we have also learned to bounce back, which is crucial to building momentum for next season.”

Newton started the camp at Clayton State with a 49-35 win over Parkview before going 2-0 with a 71-37 win over BEST Academy. Following their loss, the Rams evened the score beating Arabia Mountain 46-33.

The Rams had various players step up during the camp proving why they deserve a spot on the starting line up.Leading the way was Antonio Smith who had 41 points and 31 rebounds in his games against BEST Academy and in their win over Arabia Mountain. Smith had a game-high 27 points and 20 rebounds in the win over BEST Academy.

Donovan Grubb had a double-double in their first meeting against Arabia Mountain with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Also having standout games were Marvin Boireau with 14 points and five rebounds against Parkview, Malik Wilson with 15 points and five boards in their second game against Arabia Mountain and Dante Johnson with 10 points and seven rebounds against BEST Academy.

At the UGA camp, the Rams started with a 57-45 win over Chestatee followed by a 54-36 win over Henry County before finishing with a 53-31 win over Creekside.

Darvin Jones, Jaquan Simms and Grubb showed what they were worth to the team at UGA. Jones scored a camp high 19 points against Chestatee while getting five assists and two steals. He also had 10 points and four assists against Henry County. Grubb had a double-double against Henry County with 16 points and 10 rebounds while adding 10 points, five rebounds and two steals against Creekside to his totals. Simms scored 15 points while getting three assists and two steals against Creekside while getting nine points, three assists and three steals in their game against Chestatee.

The Rams will finish their summer practice with a camp starting today at Mercer ending on Friday.