Brewbaker Tech played like a top seed Friday night.
With aggressive, swarming defense, the Rams overwhelmed LAMP 96-50 in the Class 4A, Area 4 semifinals at Sidney Lanier’s Walker-Joiner Gym.
“We knew if we let them set up, they would stay with us for a while,” Brew Tech coach Chauncey Shines said. “They played us 29-28 last time at the half. It took us a while to get out of there, but this time, we came out and put the pressure on them early. We knew they couldn’t run with us.”
Brew Tech (19-5) led 52-19 at halftime.
“We tried to play hard and blow them out so we can go on to the next game,” Brew Tech junior Steven Rogers said. “Our goal is to win the state championship. We knew we had to play hard.”
Brew Tech was hoping to play Monday’s 6 p.m. area title game in its new home gym, but will face BTW Magnet at Walker-Joiner Gym.
“We thought we were going to able to get into our gym earlier this week,” Shines said. “It didn’t happen. The only way we’ll play in that gym is to win two more games. That was motivation enough for the kids.”
The Yellow Jackets (7-7) advanced with a narrow 42-40 win against Alabama Christian (5-16). This is the farthest BTW Magnet has advanced in school history.
“We’re excited, elated, but we are not finished,” BTW Magnet coach Dandrea Evans said. “We are happy. It’s a goal we had all year. We worked hard. We did all we could do to accomplish our goal, and it worked out for us. All the credit goes to the players.”
The Yellow Jackets will have their hands full against the Rams, who led by 51 points heading into the fourth quarter against the Golden Tigers (4-16).
“The biggest challenge playing them is they’ve got like a team full of guards,” LAMP coach Marcus Townsend said. “It’s hard to really keep up with all those guys.”
Senior Lorenzo Moore led the Rams with a game-high 26 points while Rogers added 17.
Thirteen different players scored for Brew Tech.
“We can score with the best of them,” Moore said. “We’ve just got to work on our defense and play it just as good as we play on offense. Have the same intensity.”
Dan Blake paced LAMP with 16 points.
BTW Magnet 42,
Alabama Christian 40
Justin Hill scored a game-high 14 points in leading BTW Magnet.
The Eagles had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer but turned the ball over on the game’s final possession.
Corey LeGere led Alabama Christian with 11 points.