Newman sixty seven, Warren Easton fifty four: Riley Demps, Javon Ruffin lead Greenies to fifteenth str…


Newman 67, Warren Easton 54

at Newman, Saturday (Jan. 13), Non-District

Records: Warren Easton, 14-9; Newman, 18-2

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Warren Easton — 8 | 19 | 14 | 13 | 54

Newman — 22 | 12 | 19 | 14 | 67

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Riley Demps, Newman

Demps is usually busy knocking down shots from 3-point range but Saturday against Warren Easton, the 6-foot-2 guard was forced to use a different method. The Greenies’ senior sharpshooter surprisingly didn’t knock down any of his 3-point attempts but still was tied for the game-high in points scoring 19.

Demps repeatedly made his way into the paint and finished through contact over and over converting four and-ones. He made three of the four foul shots following each bucket and was 7-of-10 overall at the stripe. Demps also made an impact in other areas of the game grabbing four rebounds and dishing out four assists.

HOW IT WAS WON

Newman’s ball movement, shot-making and a key third-quarter run were the keys to victory in Saturday’s win over Warren Easton.

The Greenies led 34-27 at halftime and scored the first nine points out of intermission to seize control of the game for good. Demps converted two of his four 3-point plays during the run and freshman Javon Ruffin dropped a 3-pointer as Newman took a commanding 43-27 advantage with 6:38 left in the third quarter. 

The Greenies led by double digits for the remainder of the game and a quick start also gave Newman a big advantage early on.

The Greenies dropped six 3-pointers in the first quarter that led to a 22-8 before Easton battled back in the second. The Eagles started the period on an 8-3 run cutting the score to single digits and an and-one by Lance Madison later sliced the deficit to 27-22 with 4:13 left.

Newman senior Finn Bendana answered with back-to-back driving layups giving the momentum back to the Greenies and they eventually took a 34-27 lead into halftime.

NOTABLE

  • Newman’s win over Easton was their 15th straight win of the season. The Greenies’ last loss was against Crescent City, 60-57, in the Sophie B. Wright Tournament on November 30. Their run includes wins over a handful of quality teams including Bonnabel, Curtis, Jesuit, St. Augustine, Covington, Lusher and now Warren Easton.
  • Newman’s two losses have come to Crescent City and Warren Easton. The Eagles took the first matchup, 52-51, courtesy of a game-winner by Vernon Simms on November 21 in the Lusher Tournament.
  • Demps, Ruffin and senior point guard J.P. Bush outscored Easton all by themselves on Saturday. The trio combined for 55 points with Demps and Ruffin both putting up 19 while Bush followed with 17. Ruffin and Bush did most of their damage through the first three quarters combining for 32 points and Demps carried the Greenies to the finish line scoring eight in the fourth quarter. 
  • The Greenies got hot from long range making 10 3-pointers in the game and 15 of their 23 made shots came off of assists as well. A total of four different players made at least one shot…



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