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5A boys basketball: Strong start propels Newsome

LITHIA — Newsome jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter Thursday and easily put away Springstead 63-24 in a 5A region quarterfinal.

Newsome coach Jon Mackey said he challenged his team in the locker room during halftime to not let up for the rest of the game.

He credited the win to the momentum gained from the solid shooting around the perimeter.

"Anytime you come out shooting well, you're going to give your team good momentum for the rest of the game," Mackey said. "When you get a team frustrated with themselves you have to use that to your own advantage, and that's what we did tonight."

Wolves leading scorer Samal Shepherd finished with 26, followed by Jake Hodges with 13.

The Wolves will next play Tuesday against Ocala Forest.

Eagles miscues led to turnovers and frustration set in for Springstead. Eagles coach Steve Thompson and the starting five argued about what was going wrong on the court.

Naquan Inniss had 11 points for the Eagles.

Ben Keller, Times correspondent

5A boys basketball: Strong start propels Newsome 02/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2010 11:29pm]
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