Emerald Ridge Jaguars senior guard Marcus Harris saved the day for his basketball team against the Rogers Rams in a battle for “South Hill” bragging rights.
With Rogers clinging to a 54-51 lead, Harris nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key with 0.9 seconds left in regulation, tying the game at 54-54 to force overtime. Emerald Ridge outscored Rogers 11-6 in the four-minute overtime session en route to a 65-60 victory this past Friday night at Emerald Ridge High School in South Hill. Harris, who scored a game-high 31 points was surprised Rogers allowed him to attempt a three-pointer on the final possession of regulation.
“I was going to shoot it the whole time but I thought they were going to foul me. When I released it, it felt good,” Harris said.
Emerald Ridge head coach Pat Mullen was glad the ball was in Harris’s hands with the game on the line.
“The Rogers defender had good defense on him. Marcus got a good look. I’ll take that look any time with him,” Mullen said. “He did a great job of carrying us tonight.”
Emerald Ridge led Rogers 18-6 at the end of the first quarter but Rogers wouldn’t go away quietly. Rogers senior post player Zaequan Satterthwaite and sophomore guard Braden Hannold fueled a Rogers’ comeback in the final three quarters. Satterthwaite dominated in the low block, finishing with 16 points despite battling foul trouble all night. Hannold scored a team-high 19 points for Rogers. Mullen was glad his team was able to withstand Rogers’ resiliency down the stretch.
“When you play against Rogers you know they’re going to be a tough team to beat. Rico Ancheta (Rogers head coach) does a great job and you knew they had a run in them. They ended up having two runs in them. Our kids just kept battling and battling,” Mullen said. “Both teams were in some foul trouble. We lost Trey (Darst) and Wain (Clarke) and they lost their big fella (Satterthwaite) in overtime. It was a good high school basketball game.”
Satterthwaite said his team wouldn’t be discouraged by the loss against Emerald Ridge.
“We played a good game. We battled back against some adversity,” he said. “It will all come together for us.”
Emerald Ridge improved its overall record to 2-2 in SPSL South action with the win. Rogers is 0-2 in SPSL play.
“We’re in a good spot. Before the season started if you told me we would be 2-2 in league to start the season I would sign up for that right now,” Mullen said.