Sosa leads Rice to championship

Louisville signee Edgar Sosa led Rice High past Christ the King this weekend for the 2005-06 CHSAA Championship at Fordham University.

Kashif Pratt hit a buzzer beating shot in overtime to lift Rice High School past Christ The King, 62-60, in a game held inside the Rose Hill Gym on the campus of Fordham University.

Pratt's driving layup along the right side gave the Rice Raiders the CHSAA Intersectional Championship. Pratt, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound guard/forward, finished the game with 11 points.

In the overtime, Curtis Kelly scored the first basket on a driving layup. But CTK's Rob Hampton answered with a three-pointer. Vincent Johnson responded with his own three-pointer with :45 seconds left, giving Rice a 60-58 lead.

Sophomore guard Erving Walker calmly hit two free throws to tie the game at 60-60 with 18.8 seconds left. Then after a Rice timeout, Pratt was able to move past his defender for a driving layup as a big group of Rice fans stormed the court after the buzzer sounded.

Christ The King led 11-4 after the first eight minutes of play. The lead was 30-24 in favor of the Royals at the half. Christ The King held a 44-41 lead after three quarters before Rice managed to tie the game in regulation. Larry Davis, a key member of the Christ The King squad, fouled out in regulation with 2:57 remaining and the Royals maintaining a 50-48 lead. Davis had hit a jumper to give CTK the advantage before he fouled out on the next defensive possession. He finished the game with 14 points.

Louisville recruit Edgar Sosa led Rice with 15 points. Chris Fouch was a key player for Rice coming off the bench. Fouch hit only three shots, two of them three-pointers. However, all of the jumpers were clutch baskets for Rice.

Rice is now 24-4 while Christ The King dropped to 24-4. Both teams are highly regarded as among the best high school basketball programs in the country.

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