While Chase Rodgers can sometimes bump heads with Sean Colson, the senior forward says he likes the hard-driving ways of the Martin Luther King coach.
"He's harder on me than anybody else" he said. "At the end of the day, I know that's the best thing for me. It's going to make me a better overall player."
Rodgers started on Tuesday for the first time this season. He netted a game-high 18 points to spark King's 66-60 win at Imhotep Charter in both teams' Public League Division A opener.
"Chase has a lot of talent, but sometimes he loses focus," Colson said. "He had a good practice [Monday], showed up against Imhotep, and gave us a strong effort."
The 6-foot-6, 205-pounder knocked down four three-pointers. He hit back-to-back threes in the late going, from the right baseline and then the left wing, to put King (3-1) ahead by three points with just more than a minute remaining.
In other Public League action:
Samir Doughty led all scorers with 26 points in Math, Civics and Sciences 73-60 home victory against Philadelphia Electrical. The St. John's recruit also grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.
Anthony Tucker drilled a three-pointer from the top of the key off an assist from Khalief Hester to lift visiting Parkway West over Parkway Northwest, 45-44.
Devon Adams game winning lay-up with 8 seconds left in overtime secured Fels' 61-59 victory at Strawberry Mansion. Adams scored 13 of his game high 23 points in the second quarter.
Suburban One American. Norristown head coach Mike Evans notched his 250th career victory in the Eagles 61-40 triumph over hosts Springfield (M).
Suburban One National. Dan Buchnik's game-high 14 points was just enough for Council Rock South to squeak by visiting Bensalem, 44-41. Buchnick, a senior forward, scored eight points in the third quarter.
Non-league. St. Joseph's Prep's Chris Clover scored 10 of his game high 31 points in the Hawk's 66-52 victory against visiting Germantown Academy.
The St. Joseph's University recruit also grabbedfive rebounds.
Chris Montie had five rebounds and blocked five shots for the Hawks.
Ray Leon connected on six of his nine three-pointers to propel Germantown Friends to a 60-56 victory over visiting Springside Chestnut Hill. Leon, a senior guard, nailed three three-pointers in the first quarter and also had six rebounds.