Chat­tooga boys top Rock­mart in OT for 3rd straight re­gion ti­tle

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Jonathan Blay­lock jblay­[email protected]

ROCK­MART — The Chat­tooga boys’ bas­ket­ball strug­gled to put Rock­mart away Satur­day, but well-timed run to close out over­time sent the In­di­ans back to Chat­tooga County as Re­gion 7-AA cham­pi­ons for the third straight sea­son on Feb. 9.

The In­di­ans took con­trol in over­time to come away with a 61-52 win in Rock­mart.

“We came into this game with a lot of mo­men­tum from last night,” Chat­tooga head coach Jared Groce about his team’s win over Coosa in the semi­fi­nals. “They rose to the oc­ca­sion and when it came down to it they made the plays they needed to to come out on top. I have to give a lot of credit to Rock­mart. They came in tonight with ex­pec­ta­tions tonight to de­fend their home court and they gave us ev­ery­thing we could han­dle.”

Af­ter reg­u­la­tion ended with a score of 48-48, the In­di­ans closed out the over­time pe­riod on a 7-0 run to come out vic­to­ri­ous.

Malachi Jack­son led the In­di­ans (17-10) with 18 points, Jundraius Adams scored 13, and Ja­mar­i­ous Mostetler scored 11.

Juke Boozer led Rock­mart (16-9) with 15 points, and Sam DePew scored 12 points. Both play­ers were named to the All-Re­gion first team. For Chat­tooga, Adams, Mostetler and Devin Price were named to the first team. Other first team­ers were Jabari Burge and Jack­son Mathis of Model, and Player of the Year Kenon Dixon of Coosa.

The In­di­ans took the No. 1 seed into next week’s state tour­na­ment and hosted Re­gion 6-AA’s Dou­glas-At­lanta. The Yel­low Jack­ets hosted Hapeville Char­ter. (See Page B1)

/ Steven Eck­hoff

Rock­mart’s Juke Boozer (left) is de­fended by Chat­tooga’s Malachi Jack­son while tak­ing a shot dur­ing the Re­gion 7-AA tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship game Satur­day, Feb. 9, 2019, at Rock­mart High School.

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