By R. Alan Richardson
It’s not often that you see a double overtime basketball game end in a tie, but that’s exactly what happened to Coach Milfred Franklin’s JV boys’ team against Monroe last weekend. After six quarters of play, the time allotment for the JV game expired and the game was called after a last second three-point shot on a loose rebound by the Hurricanes tied things up at 58-58.
The old adage about kissing your sister comes to mind. According to references, “The unpopularity of ties in American sports is reflected in the saying, “A tie is like kissing your sister.” The earliest known use of the phrase was by Navy football coach Eddie Erdelatz after a scoreless tie against Duke in 1953. However, various coaches have been cited as the original source of “kissing your sister” football comparisons: Paul Bryant, Darrell Royal, Edgar Miller and Eddie Erdelatz are a few. Alabama football fans who wonder about the real origin of football ties and “kissing your sister” should consider the late college football historian, Beano Cook as an excellent source.” George Brett, the famous MLB player expounded on the thought with, “If a tie is like kissing your sister, losing is like kissing your grandmother with her teeth out.” Well said George.
The Dogs jumped out to an early 11-5 advantage before Monroe went to an aggressive man-to-man that gave the Dogs fits in the second quarter. In fact, Morgan did not score a point in the period as Monroe went on a 15-0 run and a 20-11 halftime lead.
The troops gathered themselves at the half and fought their way back in the second half. Trailing 35-24 after three periods, Morgan’s Marquavious Wright went on a scoring rampage. The freshman poured in 20 points in the fourth quarter and two overtimes. Along with Anaury Warren and Malachi Hardy’s help, Morgan tied things up with 2:01 on Wright’s two free throws. The lead changed three times in the final 1:46 seconds of the contest, but Warren’s second of two free throws tied things up at 44-44 with 21.0 seconds remaining. Monroe got one final errant three-point shot off before things went into the first overtime.
The first three-minute OT ended 48-48 and the second ended 58-all. Wright was a monster during that span scoring 11 of MOCO’s 14 points including two crunch time free throws with 26.4 seconds remaining. Hardy also hit two more with 15.8 seconds only to see the Canes throw in the long, last-second three that ended the game.
Coach Milfred Franklin said, “We came out sluggish due to the Christmas break layoff with not being able to have game like competition to keep us mentally ready. Once we got our “sea legs” back we were able to settle down and play our style of basketball. It was an exciting game and our guys handled playing in the two overtimes very well. We just couldn’t secure that last defensive rebound to seal the game. I believe the most important lesson they learned was to compete on every play until the possession is over.”