It's an arguable matter of discussion to say that Newton sophomore Colby Rogers hit the game's biggest shots when he sunk four straight free throws in the waning moments of an 89-83 triple OT win over defending state champ Westlake.
There's still so much to unpack in Newton's 89-83 triple overtime win over defending state champion Westlake Thursday night that we're going to give ourselves an extra day to talk about this one before moving on Tift County.
It took three overtimes and some clutch shooting by a sometimes unsung senior hero and an emerging sophomore for the Newton Rams to gut out an 89-83 win over the defending Class AAAAAA state champion Westlake Lions Thursday night in a packed Newton High gym.
To gauge how far a pair of sophomores on Newton's boys basketball team have come this year, one would need only to look back a couple of weeks to the Rams' Region 8-AAAAAAA tournament championship weekend.
Despite having a No. 2 seed, a Region 8-AAAAAAA tournament runner-up finish and an impressive regular season record, the Newton Lady Rams went one-and-done in the GHSA Class AAAAAAA basketball tournament after losing to No. 3 seed Duluth 66-54 Friday night.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - There were a lot of variables that one could point to if you wanted to diagnosis the Newton Lady Rams' 73-70 double overtime loss to Archer Saturday in the Region 8-AAAAAAA championship game.
Thanks to South Gwinnett's 67-62 win over Archer Wednesday night in the first round of the Region 8-AAAAAAA tournament, the Newton Rams will face the Comets Friday night at 8:30 p.m. at Archer High School in Snelleville.
For Newton boys basketball coach Rick Rasmussen, Friday night's game against Archer wasn't as much about the pomp and circumstance surrounding senior night or even the opponent, as it was getting the bitter taste of defeat out of his and his team's mouths and finding momentum for this week's region tournament.
Rick Rasmussen allowed himself to wax a bit prophetic Tuesday night just moments before his top-ranked Newton Rams were to take on the Shiloh Generals - a team Newton had defeated by nine back on Jan. 10.