John Ross and the Burke boys basketball team got revenge Saturday night with a 55-52 victory at North Charleston.
On Dec. 10, North Charleston posted a 44-42 decision to deny Burke coach Earl Brown his 700th career victory. Ross was a non-factor in that game, but he scored 19 Saturday as the Bulldogs improved to 12-3.
"John played with vengeance," Brown said. "I don't think he even scored in the first game and had only two or three rebounds. He knew he really had to step it up this game."
The teams were tied at 11 at the end of the first quarter and North Charleston (10-6) took a 29-22 lead at halftime. But the Bulldogs scored the first nine points of the third quarter to take control of the game.
Sophomore Stephone Taylor also played well for Burke, scoring seven of his 10 points in the final eight minutes. "Taylor is starting to come around," Brown said. "He's only a sophomore and he's been a little hesitant. He thinks he's going to play a perfect game, but that's not going to happen. He was a bit more aggressive tonight. It was good to see him take those 8- and 10-foot shots."
Anthony Williams had 28 points for the Cougars, who lost to Woodland on Friday.
"I told the kids after the game that we got revenge," Brown said. "Now that we have that, we need to settle down and get down to what needs to be done."