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The venue for Newton's Elite Eight game with Tift County is set

Anthony Banks | The Covington News/

Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen paces the sideline during one of the many tense moments of Thursday night's game against Westlake.

The venue for the Class AAAAAAA Elite Eight matchup between the Newton Rams (28-1) and the Tift County Blue Devils (26-2) has been set. 

The game will be played Newton High's gym on Wednesday at 7 p.m. 

Per Georgia High School Association rules, because both teams being No. 1 seeds and region tournament champions, the coaches for both teams met at a neutral site in Macon for a coin toss to determine home court advantage. 

Newton advanced to the quarterfinal round of the state tournament after notching a supsense-filled 89-83, triple overtime win against defending Class AAAAAA champion Westlake Thursday night. Meanwhile, Tift County punched its ticket by defeating Berkmar 72-55, also on Thursday night. 

Newton also defeated Berkmar earlier in the season with an 84-68 win back in November during the On the Radar Hoops Showcase. Newton and Tift County's only other common opponent this season is Duluth. The Blue Devils squeaked out a 54-52 win over Duluth on Dec. 23 during the McDonalds Classic hosted by Tift, while Newton traveled to Duluth for a 68-60 win on Dec. 10.

 

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