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