“We played a ball control game,” Uwarow said. “Sometimes, we waited as much as a minute and a half to get the shot that we wanted which was to get a backdoor play at the end. With Bryant being our point guard, he had to be one who led that. He did a very good job in that game.”
Roseberry scored 15 points but also made a huge impact on the defensive end, where he made the right decisions atop a 1-3-1 zone to limit Cumberland’s guards from getting into the paint.
“Their guards are better drivers than shooters so I would give them the shot and I would just play the passing lanes,” Roseberry said. “Then make sure they never got it back again if they passed the ball.”
After losing the previous two meetings against Cumberland this season, Creekside came away with a 44-40 victory and its first state title.
“We believed in ourselves,” Roseberry said. “Other people said how we can’t do it and weren’t going to do it but we just put that aside and proved them wrong. We used that as motivation.”
Roseberry, who is 6-foot-2, averaged 15 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds this season for the 23-4 Cougars.