Newton pulls away late in win over St. Mary’s in Sugar Bowl quarterfinals

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WESTWEGO – For three quarters, St. Mary’s (Arizona) played favored Newton (Georgia) quite well, trailing by five points.

The Rams turned up the heat in all phases in the fourth quarter and pulled away to a 68-53 victory over the Knights in the quarterfinals of the Boys Platinum Bracket of the 11th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic at the Alario Center.

Newton outscored St. Mary’s 20-10 in the final frame.

St. Mary’s led 2-0 before Newton went on a 10-0 run and never trailed the rest of the way. The Rams also had a 7-0 run in the first quarter to take a 24-12 lead.

The Knights went zone defensively in the second quarter and slowed the Rams, outscoring them 14-7 to cut the deficit to 31-26 at halftime.

Newton had a 7-0 run in the third quarter but St. Mary’s answered with a 9-4 run to end the quarter to cut the deficit to 48-43, setting the stage for the decisive final quarter.

Indiana commit Jakai Newton led the Rams with 18 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. U-Conn commit Stephon Castle finished with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists, Georgia commit Marquavious Brown had 12 points and six rebounds and Marcus Whitlock finished with 10 points, including 6-of-6 from the free throw line, all in the fourth quarter.

Styles Phipps topped St. Mary’s (7-6) with 21 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks, Garrison Phelps had 11 points and four rebounds and Jeremiah Cherry contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

The Rams controlled the boards with a 36-26 advantage.

Newton (11-1) advances to the semifinals to face the winner of Math, Civics & Sciences (Pennsylvania) and Westminster (Florida) Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

FINAL
Newton 24 7 17 20 — 68
St. Mary’s 12 14 17 10 — 53

Scoring:
Newton: Jakai Newton 18, Stephon Castle 12, Marquavious Brown 12, Marcus Whitlock 10, Miokaye Grant 6

St. Mary’s: Styles Phipps 21, Garrison Phelps 11, Jeremiah Cherry 11, Jacob Estrella 9, Kenny White 4

Rebounds:
Newton 36, St. Mary’s 26

Turnovers:
Newton 12, St. Mary’s 15

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