The Brewbaker Tech Rams said it doesn’t matter where they play, but they’d prefer to be at home.
Now they get their chance.
The Rams defeated BTW Magnet 84-61 in the Class 4A, Area 4 championship on Monday night at Sidney Lanier High. The win gives Brew Tech homecourt advantage in Friday’s subregional game and assures the Rams’ seniors at least one true home game in their new gym before their careers come to an end.
“It’s going to be kind of bittersweet,” Brew Tech senior guard Khalil Carter said. “They’ve been telling us we’re going to get a gym since before I got to the school. It’s just going to be bittersweet, but we’re just excited that we get at least one game in it.”
Carter hoped the momentum of playing in the much-anticipated gym will carry the Rams to the state title, that way he doesn’t have to deal with the trash talk from the girls basketball team, who won the state title in 2011.
“That’s always a big motivation factor,” Carter said. “It’s hard to watch the girls celebrate, but you want to be happy for them. But still, we want our own pride.”
Carter had 20 points and 13 assists, complete with SportsCenter-worthy off-balance layups and behind-the-back passes.
“Half the time it’s on accident,” Carter said. “I just go out there and try to play hard. Most the time it’s just luck.”
The Rams (20-5) didn’t need luck to defeat the Yellow Jackets (7-8). Brew Tech jumped out to a 30-7 lead after the first quarter, squashing all hopes of a title in BTW Magnet’s first area title game in school history.
Lorenzo Moore led the Rams with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Steven Rogers added 18, while nursing a thumb-cut in the second half.
Justin Hill led the Yellow Jackets (7-8) with 15 points, Christian Foster added 14 and Brandon Evans 13.
BTW Magnet will play at Charles Henderson on Friday.
Brew Tech planned to reveal its new gym for the area tournament, but a scoreboard issue delayed its debut. The Rams host Area 3 runner-up Bullock County in Friday’s subregional game.
Rams coach Chauncey Shines said the gym is ready, and he’s tired of waiting.
“We want it, we want it badly,” Shines said. “Just to get out senior boys and girls at least one game in there, that’ll be great.”