Roughriders end storybook season

Roosevelt played like champions, but No. 1-ranked Central Catholic played near-flawlessly in defeating RHS 85-76 to win the state title before a sellout crowd of 4,852 at the Chiles Center on March 9.

RHS Basketball team supporters at state playoff
RHS Basketball team fans at state playoff game. Photo by Evan Guerra.

The Riders controlled most of the first half leading at halftime 43-36 but Central Catholic switched to a zone defense in the second half thwarting Roosevelt’s offense. The Rams outscored RHS 30 to 8 in the third period for 66 to 51 lead. The Riders could get no closer after that than nine points at the buzzer.

Utrillo Morris, Roosevelt player
Roosevelt High player Utrillo Morris. Photo by Evan Guerra.

After the game, RHS Coach Jamarr Lawson talked with the players for 30 minutes in the locker room. When Lawson came out, he spoke of how deeply disappointed the players were, but explained the larger truth, “This has been a tears of joy experience and I reminded them of what they’ve accomplished this year.”

No question about that, as the Riders achieved the school’s highest finish since the 1949 team won the state championship.