Rogers wins first City League championship
Fri, 24 Feb 2012 04:57:36 GMT —
The Rogers High School girl's basketball team won thier first City League title just five days ago.
Thursday night it was the boy's turn.
The Rams never trailed in the second half en route to a 70-59 win and their first City championship.
Rogers coach Earl Morris, who was an assistant on the Jimmy Jackson-led Macomber state championship team in 1989, said this win was almost as sweet.
"This is probably the best thing that happened to me in a long time," said Morris. "Being the first coach in the history of Rogers to win the City championship means (so much)."
Rogers senior Devonte Pratt led the Rams in scoring with 20 points, including steals on back-to-back posessions in the third quarter, that pushed a Rogers lead from four points to eight.
"We had to keep running," said Pratt. "Keep running to get steals. We had to pick it up. We run the most in the City and can't nobody run with us."
Scott was led in scoring by Dontonio Kynard's 21 points. Bulldog coach Chris Dames said his team was not mentally ready to play.
"Our level of focus was not where it needed to be," said Dames. "All day in school, in shoot around and to tell you the truth, I'm a little surprised it was this close."
The season does not end here as both teams will now head to the state playoffs.
Scott plays Oak Harbor in the first round, while Rogers has an opening round bye.