LAWRENCEVILLE -- There wasn't much to complain about on Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen's end following a 15-point win on the road against Region 8-AAAAAAA foe Archer Friday night - a game in which the Rams knocked down 15 3-pointers from six different players in an 81-66 drubbing.
The Rams led after each quarter Friday night, including a 41-27 halftime lead that they were able to ride for the entire second half with senior forward Armani Harris having to spend time on the bench in foul trouble. The senior spent a good portion of the second half on the bench, but still managed to score a team-high 19 points.
After putting together one of their best single-quarter performances of the season on the road against Shiloh on Tuesday, a game the Rams needed to come from behind to win, Rasmussen said he thought the team carried that momentum over into Friday and played well.
"Yeah, I think so," Rasmussen said. "We talked about trying to maintain that toughness and togetherness. We had some beautiful passes today. We had some beautiful, team-oriented plays where we made 7-8 passes before someone hit a shot. I think we were locked in on playing together, especially our starters."
With the Rams entering Friday night's game with a 3-1 region record compared to Archer's 1-3 record, Rasmussen said the game plan going in was to treat the Tigers like any other team they have played this season.
"The game plan was to play well, regardless of their record," Rasmussen said. "We wanted to take (Archer) seriously. We came out with a business mindset and played well. We got complacent a few times and got a little bit sloppy, but overall, we played well."
The Rams remain one game behind Grayson for the region lead at 4-1, but will play host to the Rams next Tuesday night with a chance to take the lead.
Tre Clark chipped in with 18 points, Shawn Smith scored 15, Tyrease Brown scored 12 and Mike Mathison added nine in the victory, all from behind the arc.
Newton (girls) 43, Archer 61
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Newton entered halftime knotted up at 20-all with Archer on the road Friday night, but couldn't manage to come away with a victory after a rough third quarter led to an 18-point loss, 61-43.
The Rams were out-scored 26-6 in the third quarter alone and were unable to dig themselves out of a fourth-quarter slump that saw them trailing by 20 with one quarter to play. With the loss, the Rams slide to 2-3 in Region 8-AAAAAAA play with losses to the Archer, Grayson and Rockdale County.
Newton was led by Jada Franklin's 14 points, 10 of which were scored in the first half.
Alcovy 65, Grovetown 45
COVINGTON -- Starting off Region 3-AAAAAA wasn't what Alcovy head coach Mack Hardwick had in plan, but that's exactly where the Tigers stood when they played host to Grovetown Friday night, looking to snap their losing streak.
Thanks to their best defensive performance of the season, and a scoring onslaught from Oliver Gerard and Jaylen Williams, the Tigers managed to do just that with a 65-45 victory over the Warriors while also getting their second largest margin of victory of the season in the process.
Gerard scored a team-high 19 points while Williams scored 15, 13 of which were scored in the second half. Terrel Steele chipped in with eight points while Trevon Howze added seven in the win.
The Tigers will travel to Evans next Tuesday night.
Heritage 68, Greenbrier 54
CONYERS -- On the back of Trelan Scott's game-high 26 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, Heritage basketball managed to end their disappointing 2-game slide against Region 3-AAAAAA opponents Lakeside and Evans Friday night with a 14-point victory, 68-54.
The senior shot 9 of 19 from the field to finish as the only Patriot in double figures while Josh Guilford chipped in with nine points and three assists. Scott Avery narrowly missed a double-double, scoring eight while grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Patriots improve their record record to 2-2 with the win and will take on Eagle's Landing Christian Academy tomorrow at the Morgan County Showcase. They will resume region play next Tuesday with a trip to Grovetown.
Heritage (girls) 56, Greenbrier 36
CONYERS -- The Heritage Lady Patriots remain perfect in Region 3-AAAAAA play on the season after taking care of business at home against Greenbrier 56-36 Friday night.
The Patriots managed to out-score Greenbrier in each of the first three quarters and were led by Ashley Robert's game-high 14 points, while three others scored in double figures including Sade Harrell (11), Tamira Anderson (10) and Jayla Jeffries (10).