East rises again
Orientals rally by R-H for 'AAA' title
(February 27, 2005) — Chris Rogers stumbled badly in two previous games at the
Blue Cross Arena.
The East High forward came through when the Orientals needed him most,
however, during the Saturday's Section V Class AAA Tournament final.
East defeated Rush-Henrietta 65-61 at the arena after Rogers scored 11 of his
team's final 13 points as the Orientals rallied in the final three minutes.
Rogers, a 6-foot-5 inch senior, finished with 24 points — 19 in the second
half — 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots for top-seeded East (19-2).
Nate Brumfield, the tournament MVP, added 22 points and nine rebounds while
the Orientals beat No. 2 Rush-Henrietta for the second time this season.
|HEATHER CHARLES staff
The East High boys had plenty to celebrate on Saturday night after
beating Rush-Henrietta for their second Section V title in three
|East's Chris Rogers
protects a rebound against R-H's Jonnah Whipple on Saturday. Rogers
scored 11 of East's final 13 points to ignite the winning rally.
"Every game that I've ever played at the War Memorial has been bad," Rogers
said. "This is a big win, I really wanted to win this."
East's second Class AAA title in three years is also the school's 20th, the
most in Section V. The Orientals earned it despite 22 points, including four
3-pointers, from Rush-Henrietta senior guard Ryan Henry.
"We're really happy to get two in three years," Brumfield said.
The rematch between East and defending champion Rush-Henrietta was the last of
six games at the Blue Cross Arena, which were watched by 10,194 people.
Class AA champion Greece Arcadia (16-4) stands in the way of the Orientals and
the state tournament. Those teams meet in a qualifier at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday
at the Blue Cross Arena. The winner plays nationally ranked Niagara Falls, the
Henry scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, as R-H led 31-30 at the
half. Brumfield led East with 16.
The Orientals went ahead again early in the third quarter, but the Royal
Comets later rushed back out to a five-point lead by quarter's end. It was an
eight-point advantage for Rush-Henrietta, 55-47, with 3 minutes remaining.
"We couldn't keep our composure," said R-H's Calvin Betts, who finished with
10 points. "We had an eight-point lead with 3 minutes to go.
"We started rushing instead of slowing things. You really can't say much about
it. I'm very disappointed. We had the game."
The Orientals never trailed after Rogers made a free throw to complete a
three-point play with 1:25 left.