MS Blue Battles Back, Falls in Final Seconds

The Middle School boys Blue team battled back from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit only to fall in the waning seconds to Norfolk Christian, 28-24, on Saturday.

The two teams were tied 9-9 at the half, but the Ambassadors scored several fast break baskets in the third and fourth quarters to take what seemed like an insurmountable 21-13 lead.

But, spurred by the hustle of Blake Cummings, the shortest guy on the court who got to every loose ball and many rebounds, the inside play of Sam Delaney, and the shooting of Hunter Harrington, the Oaks came back big.

When Harrington hit his second three-pointer of the game with less than two minutes remaining, the Oaks were all the way back, knotting the score at 24.

Norfolk Collegiate was down 26-24 with less than 30 seconds left and taking the ball in bounds under their own basket, but the play went awry and the team didn’t get off a shot.

Still, it was the team’s best effort of the season, showing the young squad’s heart.

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Jim Morrison has flown barrel rolls with the Navy's Blue Angels (he didn't barf), climbed and slept overnight in a 243-foot-tall redwood (he didn't fall), and gone one-on-one with Muhammad Ali (he didn't flinch). His award-winning stories have appeared in Smithsonian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Private Clubs, This Old House, National Wildlife, Smart Money’s offspring, George, Context, Family PC, Good Housekeeping, Playboy, Biography, The Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, Utne Reader, Southwest Spirit, the magazine of Southwest Airlines, and American Way, the magazine of American Airlines, among others. His web site is

Posted on January 30, 2012, in basketball and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Jim that
    was a great story. Thank you Amy

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