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Published: 3/23/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago


Unranked Rogers boys reach state final with upset win

The Cinderella ride for Rogers through the state boys basketball tournament has now gone the distance. The unranked Rams (21-7) — inspired by their failure to defend their City League championship last month — continued their unlikely string of upsets. This time, Rogers rallied to outscore third-ranked Cincinnati Walnut Hills 21-12 in the fourth quarter, and took a 58-51 victory in a Division I state semifinal Friday night at the Schottenstein Center.

Rogers' Tony Kynard II goes to the net against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5). Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Tony Kynard II goes to the net against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5).
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Rogers' Tribune Dailey Jr. (24) pulls in a rebound against   Cincinnati Walnut Hills' Sterling Gilmore (32). Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Tribune Dailey Jr. (24) pulls in a rebound against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' Sterling Gilmore (32).
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Rogers head coach Earl Morris argues a call. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers head coach Earl Morris argues a call.
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Rogers' Tribune Dailey Jr. (24) dunks the ball against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5). Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Tribune Dailey Jr. (24) dunks the ball against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5).
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Rogers' Clemmye Owens V (12) hits a three. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Clemmye Owens V (12) hits a three.
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Rogers' cheerleader and fans scream for their team  against Cincinnati Walnut Hills  during  the Division I state semifinals Friday, 03/22/13, at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Rogers won 58-51. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' cheerleader and fans scream for their team against Cincinnati Walnut Hills during the Division I state semifinals Friday, 03/22/13,...
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Rogers' Tribune Dailey Jr. (24) pulls in a rebound. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Tribune Dailey Jr. (24) pulls in a rebound.
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Rogers' DevOnte Pratt (32) battles  Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5) for a loose ball. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' DevOnte Pratt (32) battles Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5) for a loose ball.
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Rogers' Keandre Gilmer (4) defends against  Cincinnati Walnut Hills' Isaiah Johnson (23). Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Keandre Gilmer (4) defends against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' Isaiah Johnson (23).
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Rogers' Devonte Pratt (32) goes gets all net on a crucial shot against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' defenders. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Devonte Pratt (32) goes gets all net on a crucial shot against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' defenders.
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Rogers' Chris Austin (5) celebrates defeating Cincinnati Walnut Hills. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Chris Austin (5) celebrates defeating Cincinnati Walnut Hills.
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Rogers' Clemmye Owens V (12) trie sto get past  Cincinnati Walnut Hills' Khari Burton (3) and Adam Brown (2). Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Clemmye Owens V (12) trie sto get past Cincinnati Walnut Hills' Khari Burton (3) and Adam Brown (2).
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Rogers' DeVonte Pratt (32) takes a shot against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5). Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' DeVonte Pratt (32) takes a shot against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5).
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Rogers' Tony Kynard II goes to the net against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5). Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Tony Kynard II goes to the net against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5).
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Rogers' Clemmye Owens V (12) goes to the net against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5). Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Clemmye Owens V (12) goes to the net against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' DJ Wingfield (5).
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Rogers' Tony Kynard II goes to the net against Cincinnati Walnut Hills'  Adam Brown (2). Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Tony Kynard II goes to the net against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' Adam Brown (2).
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Rogers' Tribune Dailey Jr. (24) goes to the net against  Cincinnati Walnut Hills' Isaiah Johnson (23). Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Tribune Dailey Jr. (24) goes to the net against Cincinnati Walnut Hills' Isaiah Johnson (23).
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Rogers' Clemmye Owens V, left, and Tony Kynard II hug after defeating Cincinnati Walnut Hills. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Clemmye Owens V, left, and Tony Kynard II hug after defeating Cincinnati Walnut Hills.
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Walnut Hills' Isaiah Johnson (23) dunks the ball against Rogers. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Walnut Hills' Isaiah Johnson (23) dunks the ball against Rogers.
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Rogers' Devonte Pratt (32) and Fadil Robinson (40) celebrate defeating  Cincinnati Walnut Hills. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rogers' Devonte Pratt (32) and Fadil Robinson (40) celebrate defeating Cincinnati Walnut Hills.
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