Published Saturday, January 12, 2013
By DOUG GORMAN
Friday’s boys basketball game between Newnan and East Coweta started very much in the same fashion that it ended.
In a physical game, the host Cougars managed to pull away with a 67-58 victory.
After the Indians scored the first points of the game, Newnan led most of the way in a game that lived up to its intense rivalry in front of standing room only crowd at the Max Bass Athletic Center.
“It’s a rivalry so we knew it was going to be rough and physical at times,” said Newnan head coach Rod Ladd. “We are just happy we were able to get out of here with a victory."
With 4:06 remaining in the game, Doniel Dean was fouled hard on a play as he tried to take the ball to the basket. An intentional foul was called and players from both sides tried to leave the bench.
After taking several minutes to sort the situation out, two technicals were called on East Coweta and one on Newnan. Dean ended up shooting two free throws for the intentional foul and two more for the extra technical. The series of events helped Newnan pull away down the stretch as Dean hit all four of the free throws.
The Newnan junior was the offensive hero for the Cougars scoring a game-high 26 points. He was able to drop shots from inside and outside en route to Newnan’s victory. Dean finished the contest with two 3-pointers.
Sanoj Allen led East Coweta with 19 points.
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Although Newnan led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter and 36-31 at the half, East Coweta sliced the Cougars lead to 51-47 at the end of three periods. In that third quarter, the Indians trimmed Newnan’s advantage further to one point during three separate occasions.
Shania Knight added a third-quarter spark for East Coweta, scoring six of his nine points.
Newnan senior point guard Kaceon Person also ended the evening in double figures for the Cougars with 11 points.
East Coweta’s O’Darius Kendall finished the game with 14 points.
“We came into the game just needing a win” said Ladd, whose team was coming off a 59-50 loss to open Region 3-AAAAAA play at Tri-Cities on Tuesday. “We step out of region against New Manchester [today], so I am just hoping we can keep it up.”
Newnan moved its record to 10-5 overall and 1-1 in Region 3-AAAAAA play.
East Coweta, meanwhile, is still searching for its first region win of the year. The Indians dropped to 3-11 overall and 0-3 in region play.
The Indians had trouble shooting the ball from the outside in Friday's game, hitting just one 3-point shot.
It came when David Swanson connected on a trey early in the first quarter to trim the Newnan lead to 7-5.
The teams meet again at East Coweta on Feb. 8 to close the season.
SCORING SUMMARY – Newnan 67, East Coweta 58
East Coweta 10 21 16 11 — 58
Newnan 18 18 15 16 — 67
East Coweta (3-11, 0-3) 58 – Sanoj Allen 19, David Swanson 3, Shania Knight 9, Rodney Craig 4, O’Darius Kendall 14, Zach Walker 2, Brandon Martin 4, Shaun Daniel 3
Newnan (10-5, 1-1) 67 – Kaceon Person 11, Darrell Morrow 3, James Alexander 4, Griggs 7, Diamond Jones 6, Doniel Dean 26, Traon Moss 2, Tonaris Portress 8.