Chauncey Shines couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
With his team up only two points late and his best player on the bench, the Brew Tech coach watched senior reserve Anthony Satterwhite launch a corner 3-pointer in disbelief.
“He better not shoot this dang ball,” Shines said. “Bad, terrible shot.”
Then he and everyone else in gym saw it go in.
“Good shot, boy,” said a laughing Shines.
Satterwhite’s clutch basket with 1:19 left kept St. James at bay as the Rams claimed the Class 4A, Area 4 title, 77-69, Monday night.
“I had confidence in my shot,” Satterwhite said. “I just had to knock it down.”
Senior Steve Rogers scored a game-high 35 points before fouling out, but his teammates closed out the victory for Brew Tech (21-8). St. James (17-8) never got within four after Satterwhite’s 3-pointer gave the Rams a 70-65 lead.
“I’m proud of my team,” Rogers said. “I was scared for a minute when I fouled out, but I also had confidence in my team that they could pull it out.”
Satterwhite, who scored 16 points off the bench in Brew Tech 80-59 semifinal win Friday against Alabama Christian, only had nine Monday, but five came after Rogers fouled out.
The Trojans had two chances to score after senior Slade Methvin hit two free throws to cut the lead to 70-66, but junior forward Jalen Harris missed an inside shot and McCoy couldn’t finish a driving layup.
Satterwhite capped the win with two free throws with 4.4 seconds left.
“I thought we made some crucial turnovers,” St. James coach Nigel Card said. “We didn’t execute very well down the stretch.”
Jaylen McCoy led the Trojans with 28 points. Sophomore guard E.J. Card scored 22 points while Harris added 13.
Brew Tech hosts Charles Henderson in the subregional, while St. James visits Headland.