Courtesy the Daily News
Tors rally past Coogs in triple overtime thriller
The Daily News
Published February 8, 2012
GALVESTON - Ball High freshman Greg Rollins became a Galveston legend in the Tors' 87-84 triple-overtime victory over La Marque on Tuesday night, but he almost was an afterthought in the thriller.
Playing in a mop-up role with his Tors getting pummeled by 17 points late in the third quarter, the 5-foot-9, 140-pound guard hammered a dunk over La Marque's 6-foot-2 power forward Trevon Del Rio.
"I was feeling the adrenaline of the crowd, so I went for it," Rollins said, grinning through his braces after the game.
Ball coach Jerald Temple said he had never seen Rollins dunk before, much less a posterizing dunk that would've made the ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10.
"I had to call a timeout and let the kids fully enjoy it," Temple said. "You have to let them soak that one in."
The referees called an offensive foul and erased the points from the dunk, but the sleepy crowd came to life and the damage was done. The play ignited a monumental comeback that ended in a triple-overtime showdown.
You couldn't tell the crowd it was a meaningless game between two teams fighting for just their third win in District 24-4A. The fans were taken back to one year ago when the two teams were playing for a regional title.
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