Players got knocked around like bumper cars on the floor and fans cheered like they were at a rock concert in the stands.
In a championship game environment, Irving College survived a last-second shot by Centertown to capture the 5-6 grade boys county championship Friday night with a thrilling 37-35 victory at Centertown.
Anden Green led Irving College with a scrappy 14 points, overcoming first-half foul trouble that forced him to the bench for the second quarter.
Wesley Romzek was a constant source of energy for Centertown, leading the Warriors with 11 points.
Intensity was high and there was no doubt county supremacy was on the line as the two teams hurtled around the court and collided for rebounds.
Irving College guard Eastlan Green was the smallest player on the floor, but his quickness allowed him to weave through the defense and beat Centertown to the rim. Eastlan finished with 8 points and scored a breakaway layup in the third quarter when the Tigers made their move.
Irving College scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to turn a tie game into a 29-24 lead entering the fourth.
“I was really proud of our guys for stepping up and playing well when Anden got in foul trouble in the second quarter,” said Irving College coach John Bryan O’Connor. “When Anden came back in the third quarter, it gave us a lift. He was fresher than everyone else because he had that rest.”