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Brew Tech handles “scrappy” BTW Magnet for area tournament championship

BTW Magnet guard Brandon Evans works against Brew Tech’s Steven Rogers during Monday’s Class 4A, Area 4 final at Sidney Lanier High School on Monday. (Staff Photo)

Staff Report
(February 12, 2013)

If Brewbaker Tech head basketball coach Chauncey Shines was happy following his team’s 84-61 victory over Booker T. Washington Magnet on Monday, he wasn’t giving any indication.

There was no smile on his face, only a stern look of concern.

High expectations will do that.

“We won and I’ll take a win any way we can get them,” Shines said. “But it was ugly. We have to do a better job of taking control of a game.”

The Rams earned the Class 4A, Area 4 tournament title with the win at the Sidney Lanier gym.

Brew Tech raced out to a 30-7 lead in the first quarter but struggled at times against the upstart Yellow Jackets, who were playing in an area tournament final for the first time in school history.

“They are a scrappy bunch,” Shines said. “We’ve played them three times and it’s gotten tougher every time we’ve played them.”

That may have worked against BTW, which lost by nine points to the Rams in the previous meeting.

“We may have had a little overconfidence but we didn’t play defense like we needed to,” stated BTW coach Dandrea Evans. “I thought we battled hard but we dug such a big hole early. We knew they would score points but we had some chances in the second half and didn’t take advantage.”

Despite the large deficit, BTW (7-8) cut the Rams’ lead to 10 points midway through the third quarter and stayed within point spread for much of the period. Brew Tech pulled away early in the fourth quarter building the lead back to 20 points by the four-minute mark of the final frame.

“We got careless with the ball at times,” Shines said. “We started to get a little lax. A few bad plays for us and good plays for them and we saw the lead down to 10. Some of those mistakes came from our seniors. We’ll need to get that corrected before the next game.”

Brew Tech had three players score in double figures with Lorenzo Moore scoring 25 points. Khalil Carter had 20 points while Steven Rogers added 18. Justin Hill led BTW with 15 points while Christian Foster had 14 and Brandon Evans added 13.

Brew Tech (20-5) will face Bullock County in the Class 4A South Sub-Regional round on Friday.  Shines said there is a chance the Rams could play in their new gymnasium.

“We’ve got a few kinks to work out but we are hoping to play there Friday,” he said. “We had a  (game) clock malfunction and they were supposed to come look at it (Tuesday). But we’ve got our fingers crossed.”

BTW goes to Charles Henderson in Troy on Friday.

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