London Central, Rota split titles in D-III North
RAF ALCONBURY, England — London Central and Rota split a pair of championship games in the Division III-North basketball tournament Saturday, with all four of the finalists advancing for the division championships this week.
Sammeria Crowder scored 15 of her game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead Rota to a 37-33 victory over previously unbeaten London Central in the girls title game of the regional qualifying tournament.
London Central later got revenge when its boys team completed a worst-to-first run with an 54-44 tournament-final victory over Rota.
In the girls game, Rota went on a 14-9 fourth-quarter run to force overtime, then pulled away behind Crowder in the extra period.
Nicole Lassetter scored 22 points to lead London Central, which had already clinched a berth, along with Rota, in the Division III championship tournament Thursday and Friday in Mannheim, Germany.
In the boys game, London Central, which didn’t win a game last season, got 19 points from Kirk Warrior and 13 from David Marbury to forge a 30-20 halftime lead and never looked back.
Rota was led by 19 points from Jason Allard and 10 from Stephen Lilly.