Jack­ets look for gold in tour­na­ment play

The Standard Journal - - SPORTS - RE­GION 7AA Staff re­ports

Good news abounded for Rock­mart bas­ket­ball fans late last week as the Jack­ets and Lady Jack­ets both headed to the 7-AA tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship games at press time on Satur­day evening.

They’d come off big wins in both the fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son games and their games in semi­fi­nal play on Fri­day, es­pe­cially the boys.

Rock­mart took a 53-51 over­time win over Model to ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship against Chat­tooga over the weekend, though it wasn’t with­out a dra­matic fin­ish.

The Model boys’ bas­ket­ball team owned a six­point lead early in the fourth pe­riod, but Rock­mart bat­tled back and even­tu­ally came away with a 53-51 over­time win in the semi­fi­nals of the Re­gion 7-AA tour­na­ment.

Model’s Jabari Burge hit a bas­ket to give the Blue Devils (12-13) a quick 47-45 lead in over­time, but Rock­mart re­sponded with Juke Boozer and Tyler Row­land hit­ting back-to-back buck­ets to give Rock­mart a 49-47 lead. Four key free throws made by Sam Depew and Ty Floyd sealed the win for the Jack­ets.

Depew scored 19 points in­clud­ing three 3-point­ers to lead the Yel­low Jack­ets (16-8), Row­land fin­ished with 10 points and was 5 of 6 from the free throw line, and Boozer and Floyd each scored nine points.

Mean­while, the Lady Jack­ets took a big win of their own in the semi­fi­nal of the re­gion tour­na­ment over the Lady War­riors.

Ke­yarah Berry nearly sin­gle-hand­edly de­feated Gor­don Cen­tral as she racked up 42 points in a 59-53 win at home to send the Rock­mart girls’ bas­ket­ball team to the cham­pi­onship game.

The sec­ond-seeded Lady Jack­ets (16-7) faced No. 5 seed Chat­tooga in the fi­nal game of the tour­na­ment af­ter press time.

Berry was also 12 of 18 from the free throw line, and she sank two 3-point­ers.

If the boys and girls win, they would be able to host back-to-back first round play­off games for the sec­ond sea­son in a row with re­gion cham­pi­onships un­der their belts.

Check back on­line early this week for more on how the team did over the weekend, and who they’ll be host­ing for the Class AA play­offs.

/ Contributed by Shelly Cul­ver

The Rock­mart boys kept their re­gion cham­pi­onship hopes alive with a win over Model in the semi­fi­nals of the 7-AA tour­na­ment in over­time.

/ Contributed by Shelly Cul­ver

The Rock­mart Lady Jack­ets scored a win in the semi­fi­nals over Gor­don Cen­tral to ad­vance over the weekend to the cham­pi­onship game.

/ Contributed by Shelly Cul­ver

The Rock­mart boys kept their re­gion cham­pi­onship hopes alive with a win over Model in the semi­fi­nals of the 7-AA tour­na­ment in over­time.

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