Prep sports notebook: Newton boys take third in Cook Classic

SUWANEE -- The Newton boy's basketball team defeated North Gwinnett 60-47 to capture third place in the Jared Cook Holiday Classic at North Gwinnett High School.

Derrick Henry led all scorers with 24 points and added six assists, while Charles Edwards chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds and Brandon Carlton handed out five assists for the Rams (11-1), who bounced back from a five-point loss to Richmond Academy in Tuesday's semifinals.

"We had to beat (North Gwinnett) in their gym and I was real proud of them to bounce back," said Newton coach Rick Rasmussen. "After (Tuesday) night, you don't know how you're going to come back from that, but we had a heart-to-heart with the team. You find out what you're made of when you go through adversity. I was just real thankful we got third."

Henry, who scored 23 against Richmond Academy and is getting college looks from Auburn and Georgia Southern, among others, was one of five players to make the all-tournament team.

"(Henry is) definitely the real deal," said Rasmussen.

The Newton girls fell to Duluth, 50-35 in the third place game. Martice Hyman led the Lady Rams with 11 points and Qaiserah Shariff added six, but much like the semifinal loss to North Gwinnett, Duluth ran out to an early lead and Newton couldn't recover.

"First game (a win over Colquitt County), we came out ready to play, came out intense," said Newton coach Tiffani Johnson. "Last two we didn't come out intense. We dug ourselves a hole in the first and couldn't get out."


Eastside finished 13th in the Spartan Super Duals at South Paulding High School.

The Eagles went 3-3 in pool matches, winning duals over Effingham County (49-28), Hiram (51-27) and North Gwinnett (45-28), and dropping matches with Heritage, Catoosa (42-23), Woodland, Bartow (40-29) and eventual dual runner-up Sonoraville (37-32).

In the placement round, Eastside knocked off Stockbridge, 49-24, and Riverwood, 50-18.