Brookline High senior point guard Elijah Rogers paced the sidelines and clapped incessantly while his teammate senior center Obi Obiora quietly but diligently worked on his post moves wearing a T-shirt with Snoopy emblazoned on the front.
“Come on, men!” Rogers shouted as Obiora tossed in a layup. “Let’s go! Let’s compete!“
The Warriors made it all the way to the Division 1 South semifinals at University of Massachusetts Boston last season and hope to make another deep tournament run with the help of their two returning first-team Bay State Conference all-stars who have contrasting — yet complementary — on-the-floor demeanors.
The 6-foot-7 Obiora is often more of the silent type. Rogers, on the other hand, doesn’t shy away from piping up to push his teammates in practice. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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