There were several epic games during the opening set of games in Hampton, but a Saturday evening matchup between The City Rocks (NY) and Spiece Indy Heat (NY) takes the cake.
The Rocks edged Spiece 87-80, securing a nail-biting win that took two extra overtime frames to decide.
The matchup had a bit of everything on court six, featuring a buzzing crowd that helped make the matchup feel more important than a standard regular season affair. Both teams were locked in, and it made for a great game.
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Junior Nahziah Carter and sophomore Isaiah Stewart were horses for The Rocks, who had to withstand relentless comeback efforts from Indy. Both teams were clicking in their offensive sets, showing why they are considered two of the most well-coached teams on the circuit.
In the first overtime, Indy was down two with seconds remaining, and the Rocks were inbounding. Tyger Campbell swiped a backcourt steal and found Keion Brooks Jr for a game-tying dunk.
The Rocks jumped on Indy early in the second overtime, knocking down a triple to provide some distance on the scoreboard. Their 2-3 defense did just enough to slow down Campbell and the Heat, as the Rocks knocked down their free throws to wrap up the victory.
Head coach Jim Hart breathed a sigh of relief afterwards, and told his squad repeatedly in the post-game huddle that they picked up the win because they played as a unit. Over 50 hours of preseason practice time has clearly done this squad wonders.
This is the type of signature win that Hart's crew will look back on and circle as a statement victory. The Rocks finished Hampton with a 4-0 record and will be featured in the initial 2017 D1 Power 10.