Do not get those pencils out just yet or, for that matter, those erasers either.
Just about the time most were starting to write off Coach Gregg Moreland’s hoopsters, they came up with one of the most unlikely finishes on Friday night at longtime rival Brownfield. As a result, they will be returning to the playoffs for a ninth straight year in the Moreland Era.
After being crowned as the Class 3A state hoop champs just a year ago at San Antonio, the Cubs needed a win on Friday night just to stay in the running. For three quarters on Friday night at Cub Gym it appeared that they would get it as they were up 20 (66-46) late in the third quarter.
But championship ball clubs just find a way even when their backs are pushed up against the wall and the Golden Tors proved that once again on Friday, pulling off the thrilling 86-84 overtime victory over the Cubs.
“Big players make big plays in big games and we had some guys who flat stepped up tonight,” Coach Moreland said.
“This one tonight’s not only the biggest win of our season, but right now it has to rank up there as one of the biggest in our life, mainly because of the way our guys had to flat earn it – down by as many as 24 up here one point tonight.”
Friday night’s thrilling win snapped the Golden Tor boys’ three-game District 2-4A tailspin, improving their season record to 25-6 overall but, more importantly, 5-4 in district play – two games up on the 3-6 Cubs with only one left in the regulation season.
Adding to all of Friday’s excitement is the fact that the Tor boys finished this job without three key starters in seniors Jaleel Edwards and TyQuail Maxwell and junior Buddy Williams who all ended up fouling out.
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