Newton uses big second half to wear down Beaumont United for Sugar Bowl Boys National title
Replay of both boys bracket finals in the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
WESTWEGO – With three Power Five conference college commits, Newton (Ga.) is a force with which to be reckoned anywhere in America.
Ranked 21st in the nation in the most recent MaxPreps national rankings, Newton showed all that got in their way their immense ability, winning the 11th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Boys National Bracket championship with a 67-54 victory over Beaumont United (Tex.), the 23rd-ranked team in the nation, in a game aired live on Crescent City Sports.
The Timberwolves played without senior star and Houston signee Terrance Arceneaux, who did not play in the tournament due to a lower leg injury.
Still, Beaumont United (20-3) started fast, going on runs of 10-0 and 7-0 to take a 17-4 lead before Newton awakened to cut the deficit to 17-11 by the end of the first quarter.
The Rams chipped away in the second quarter but still trailed the Timberwolves 24-21 at halftime.
The deeper Rams got it done in the second half, wearing down BeaumondtUnited. After the game was tied 39-39, Newton closed the third quarter on a 5-0 run to take a 44-39 going to the final quarter and continued the momentum in the final frame to pull away for the win.
Indiana commit Jakai Newton led Newton (13-1) with 25 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, earning Most Outstanding Player honors in the bracket while Marcus Whitlock finished with 15 points and three rebounds. U-CONN commit Stephen Castle scored eight points with five rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Highly recruited junior Wesley Yates III, who has a host of offers from LSU, Baylor and a slew of SEC schools, led Beaumont United with 22 points and five rebounds while Kayde Dotson finished with 20 points and four rebounds.
Replay of both girls bracket finals in the 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl National Prep Classic
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