A foul way to end it?
CHARLESTON -- Hurricane High boys basketball coach Lance Sutherland thought he saw one thing.
Huntington High forward Arick Nicks said he felt another. Sutherland disputed whether the foul called on the Redskins' J.T. Rogoszewski with 2.5 seconds left in Saturday night's Class AAA championship game was appropriate. The call sent Nicks to the foul line where he hit the second of two shots to give Huntington High a 55-54 victory.
"The side of the head," Nicks said after being asked where Rogoszewski fouled him. "He got me."
Sutherland didn't necessarily dispute that his player made contact with Nicks, although some Hurricane fans said they thought Rogoszewski's block was clean. The Redskins coach indicated he thought the call was inconsistent with those made earlier in the tournament.
In Hurricane's triple-overtime semifinal win over Hedgesville on Friday night, Rogoszewski drove to the basket following a steal as time was running out, but Hedgesville's Daniel Delaware came across to knock the ball away as Rogoszewski went up for a shot.
No whistle and the teams went to three extra sessions before the Redskins emerged victorious.
Rogoszewski was non-committal on the call, despite his disappointment in the hard-fought loss.
Rogoszewski chased Huntington High's Tavian Dunn-Martin toward the corner off a screen as Nick Tubbs attempted to inbound the ball. Tubbs then lobbed the ball to Nicks under the basket.
"I got over there and they called the foul," Rogoszewski said.
Nicks missed the first free throw, giving the Redskins hope, but sank the second. Henry Sorsaia's three quarter-court heave at the buzzer fell harmlessly to the floor and Hurricane's players followed suit.
"I knew Arick would make at least one free throw," Tubbs said.