The Rogers High School boys basketball team was determined to not let Graham-Kapowsin freshman center Foster Sarell beat them last week.
Rogers (5-6 overall) held Sarell to just eight points and cruised to a 59-23 South Puget Sound League victory Jan. 7 at Rogers High School.
Rams head coach Rico Ancheta was proud of his team for playing stellar defense in the paint and on the perimeter. Graham-Kapowsin made just one field goal in the first half.
“We played well tonight,” Ancheta said. “I was really proud of our defensive effort tonight. We have a lot of respect for them.”
Ancheta said the Rams used post players Zaequan Satterthwaite and Terrol Martin to slow down the 6-foot-6 Sarell.
“You can tell he is very talented,” Ancheta said of Sarell. “We were certainly focused on making sure that we did our best to hold them to one shot on every possession. For the most part, we did that.”
Martin said the key on offense was to get Satterthwaite the ball on the low block. Satterthwaite and guard Marcus Rogers each scored 12 points in the contest.
“We just got the ball to Ziggy (Satterthwaite),” Martin said. “He is my brother. I love going to war with him.
“We’re just trying to make the playoffs,” he added. “We’re working hard every game to get better.”
Ancheta said the postseason is still within reach.
“We obviously have to play better and have to execute better,” he said. “We have backed ourselves up against a wall record-wise, but these kids don’t ever stop fighting. I love coaching this team.”
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