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NHS basketball undefeated in summer tournament
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Just as the Spurs shut down the Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals, the Newton boys varsity basketball team has been doing nearly the same in its annual summer league tournament.

The Rams have excelled so far in the tournament, which is held at Georgia College & State University (Centennial Center) in Milledgeville, and they hope to continue their string of success today.

Entering today, the Rams have been perfect, posting a 7-0 overall record. However, they have three more games beginning at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.

"We've come here for the past several summers now and it's always been really good for us," said Rasmussen. "It's good for the guys - they're bonding together, and we're coming together as a team."

"Our kids just love basketball," added Rasmussen, "and that is what they want to do."

And the competition has not been all that easy. In fact, Newton annihilated Union County (Region 8-AA, Sub-Region B), who went 22-3 overall last season, by the score of 63-26.

The Rams have scored 451 points, and are averaging 64.4 points per game. Defensively, they have been equally strong, limiting the opposition to just 301 points (43 points per game).

Leading the way for the Rams have been Sean Monk, Jamon Hawkins and Tevin Bradley. But the entire team has contributed in some way or another over the six-game stretch.

"We're shooting the ball extremely well," said Rasmussen. "The kids are working hard and sharing the ball, and I'm absolutely pleased with the effort."

Last year, the Rams were 11-0 in the tournament, which set the precedent for their 2006-07 overall 20-8 record.