Rojas leads Red Mountain boys basketball in OT win

Rojas leads Red Mountain boys basketball in OT win


Rojas leads Red Mountain boys basketball in OT win


Although Mesa Red Mountain led for most of Friday night’s matchup against Chandler Hamilton, it couldn’t seem to build a lead large enough or create a run long enough to get out of reach of its host in the Division I boys basketball game.

So when regulation ended with the teams tied at 47, Red Mountain senior Derek Rojas knew it was time for his team to put this one away.

“The overtimes go very quick,” he said. “We’ve got to make good plays, and if we don’t, it’s risky.”

Rojas hit a three-pointer 12 seconds into overtime and helped Red Mountain to a 7-2 run in the first two minutes of the four-minute session. Finally, Red Mountain had created a deficit too large for Hamilton to close and it cruised to the 61-53 victory in overtime.

“In a four-minute game if you can get away a little bit, it puts a lot of pressure on that other team so that was a huge shot,” Red Mountain coach Greg Sessions said.

Rojas said the three-point game is part of Red Mountain’s repertoire this year. The team hit 10 shots from beyond the arc Friday night.

“If we have the shot, we take it,” Rojas said. “Everybody (on our team) can make plays so we just got to make sure we make the right play at the right time.”

Rojas finished Friday night with 13 points, including 10 in the second half.

Red Mountain jumped to a 22-15 lead after the first quarter, but Hamilton climbed back within one point by the end of the first half and kept pace throughout the entire second half too.

Hamilton’s offensive effort was led by Luke McCook who had 13 points. The team struggled at the line throughout the night, finishing 3-of-18.

Red Mountain’s Andy Sessions scored 16 points on the night and Travis Meeker had 14. Sessions hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter to help Red Mountain establish its early lead.

Coach Sessions said his team has seen its fair share of close contests like Friday night’s this season.

“I’m not that thrilled with it but they seem to be very comfortable with them apparently because they keep doing it over and over,” he said.

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