Curtis got a tough test against stubborn Rogers, but got the clinching basket in the final minute for a 60-56 win over the Rams at home tonight.
Rogers senior forward Zaequan Satterthwaite – who finished with game highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds – tied the game 56-56 with a driving layup while being fouled with 1:19 remaining. But he missed the free throw, and the Vikings got the game-winning basket when Aushanti Potts-Woods rebounded Tory Causey’s missed three-pointer and delivered a pass to Jason Williams for an open layup with 41 seconds remaining. Satterthwaite missed a tying jumper at the other end, and teammate Marcus Rogers missed a three-pointer to take the lead, allowing Curtis’ Travis Parker to clinch it at the other end with two free throws.
The Vikings looked like they might pull away early, taking a 15-8 lead after Parker’s steal and dish to Causey for a layup with 2:15 left in the first quarter.
But Satterthwaite took over in the second quarter, scoring eight points and getting the Rams’ first lead at 22-21 with a layup three minutes into the period. C.J. Urps gave Rogers a 28-26 lead at the break with a jumper at the buzzer.
The Vikings responded by launching an 11-3 run that was capped by Gage Ferguson’s three-pointer midway through the third quarter. Potts-Woods gave the Vikings their biggest lead with a jumper with 5:23 to go in the game, making it 54-43. But the Rams wouldn’t go away, as Satterthwaite’s tying basket capped a 13-2 run.
The Vikings improved to 12-2 in league play to remain in second place with two games to play. They travel to face Emerald Ridge on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and host Spanaway Lake in their season finale on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.
ROGERS: Zaequan Satterthwaite 24, Marcus Rogers 11, C.J. Urps 10, Terrol Martin 4, Juwan Lockett 4, Sam Marcoe 2, Michael Askew 1
CURTIS: Tory Causey 15, Aushanti Potts-Woods 14, Jason Williams 11, Travis Parker 10, Gage Ferguson 6, Anthony Ryan 2, Trevor Morrow 2