Newton High School was the better team for 30 minutes, but 30 minutes of near-perfect basketball wasn't enough in a 32-minute game Saturday. The length and athleticism of the Westlake High basketball team took over in the final two minutes and the Lions beat Newton 64-59.
The key to Newton's success in the 2015-2016 boys' basketball season has been its three talented backcourt mates, Jaquan Simms, JD Notae and Ashton Hagans. The trio provides Newton with a stability on both sides of the ball unlike any other in the state.
Christian Mason has progressed immensely in his rehab, according to his father Thomas Mason. Christian Mason has progressed to the point that he may be discharged from the hospital to a day rehab facility.
Newton outscored Grayson 23-9 in the third quarter, and its big three, of JD Notae, Ashton Hagans and Jaquan Simms scored a combined 54 points total to beat the other Rams 71-52 and avance to the final four of the Georgia High School Association basketball tournament Thursday.
The Newton Rams were close to blowing a double-digit lead against Peachtree Ridge on Saturday evening, but instead of allowing a Lions' comeback victory, they held on to win 63-61 and advance to the Georgia High School Association basketball elite eight for the second-straight year.
On their homecourt in front of a large number of Oxford fans, the Eagles dominated from start to finish and with their 73-58 victory over Georgia Northwestern, Oxford advanced to the Region Championship game on Sunday.
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Down four entering the fourth quarter against a tough No. 4 seed in Douglas County and University of North Carolina commit Brandon Robinson, a fiery speech from Coach Rick Rasmussen at the end of the third lit a fire under the Rams and they went on to win 71-65, advancing to play Peachtree Ridge on Saturday 6 p.m.
Good teams usually find a way to win games, even when their shot isn't falling. That's what the Lady Rams were able to do against Langston Hughes on Wednesday evening in a low-scoring 35-28 Newton win to advance to play West Forsyth in the Sweet 16 on the road, Friday.
As region tournaments end, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state tournaments begin. Simply type in the hashtag #MarchToMacon and you'll get updates on Georgia high school basketball teams fighting to stay alive eyeing the chance to play in the Macon Centreplex. Three teams from Covington, the Eagles, Lady Rams and Rams, will represent the city and their respective regions in the state tournament. Here's a breakdown of the teams and their chances at making it to Macon.
After letting Rockdale come back from an 11-point deficit with less than three minutes to play and beat Newton at home on senior night, the Rams reedemed themselves in a 17-point victory (59-42) over nearby county rival Rockdale.
After going into the fourth quarter up by eight points, Lovejoy battled back to give the Lady Rams a late scare, but Newton took its final lead in the closing seconds to advance to the region championship game with the 65-62 win.