Rockets take AFB Invitational title

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By Walt Reichert

The Rockets dispatched the Highlands Bluebirds Saturday to claim championship of the American Founders Bank Rocket Invitational Saturday. The score was 70-52.

Previously, the Rockets easily beat Bullitt East on Thursday and survived a tough match with Western Hills Friday to advance to the championship round.

The Rockets started out 5-0 in Saturday's game, but Highlands came back with a couple of threes and went ahead briefly. From then on, it was all Rockets. At halftime, the Rockets led 37-20.

The closest Highlands would come again would be on a run about midway in the third quarter that whittled the Rocket lead to 10 by the end of the third quarter. A Highlands three-pointer at the beginning of the fourth quarters cut the Rocket lead to 7. But the birds' flight was over when Coty Minnis took charge and scored two quick baskets. The game was never close after that. Minnis ended the game with 28 points and was named to the all-tournament team. He shared that honor with Tim Sanford and Nigel Beach.