Patriots triumph in double OT

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For three quarters in its Region 8-AAAAA game at Central Gwinnett, Berkmar played from behind and couldn't find a go-to player to jump start a run.

But senior Adonai Rogers came to the rescue.

Rogers, who had scored a lone free throw back in the second quarter, helped spark a furious rally in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime and then carried the load in Berkmar's 69-63 double-overtime win over Central.

Rogers scored just four of Berkmar's points in its 15-point fourth quarter, but his defense also came in handy as the Patriots erased a 12-point Central lead to send the game into the extra sessions.

Tied at 51-51 after regulation, Rogers connected on two 3-pointers in the first overtime and scored six of Berkmar's eight points.

But Central (4-2, 2-1) had a sharpshooter of its own in Darius Joell, who also popped a pair of treys in the first OT that ended at 59-59.

Rogers went back to work in the second OT, scoring another four points and coming up with big rebounds and loose balls to seal the deal for Berkmar.

Rogers finished with 15 points, 10 of which came in the two overtime periods.

Tim Rowe, a 6-foot-9 sophomore center, led the way for Berkmar with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Brandon Thompson added 14 points and five rebounds and Yonel Brown had 12 points for the Patriots, who won despite hitting just 15 of 28 from the free-throw line.

"We came back and won because we started playing defense in the fourth quarter and into overtime," said Berkmar head coach Greg Phillips. "We stayed with what we do and that's with our defense. (Rogers) struggled early, but he got it going late with some other guys. It was a team effort and I'm proud of the way we came back on the road and kept our poise even into overtime."

Central can look back on this game as one that got away as the Black Knights managed just three free throws from Joell in the fourth quarter.

Central (4-2, 2-1) was led Joell's 17 points, nine coming in the fourth quarter and two OTs.

Slim Delbridge added 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Black Knights put nine players in the scoring column.

Central girls 77, Berkmar 36

Central put four players in double figures en route to an easy win over Berkmar.

Central jumped out to a 32-15 halftime lead and coasted home the rest of the way en route to the 41-point victory.

Nia Hardy led the way for Central with 21 points, including a pair of three-pointers.

Taja Latimore added 15 points while Lexus Travis had 11 and Caryn Ivey had 10 for the Black Knights.

Daijah Cooke had a game-high 23 points for the Patriots, including a 15-for-18 performance at the free-throw line.