Monday, March 21, 2011
Last Second Thriller...
After the girls championship week I was back in Austin for some early-morning basketball with Eula playing in the state semifinals against Evadale. At first, it was looking like Eula was going to pull away with things rather easily. The Pirates big play post, Kainon Irons, was taking the game over and no one could stop him through the first quarter. Then Evadale's big men started to contain him and things started getting tougher. But halftime Eula was down and it wasn't looking like there were going to be able to hang. The third quarter was much of the same and it was looking bad for Eula. The only thing going right was Irons getting his points, but he was getting smothered by defenders.
Then things started to click for Eula and they were able to start getting some turnovers. Irons had kept them close enough to make it a game and the guards were starting to make plays. Along with Evadale's two big men getting in foul trouble, which opened Irons up a little more. Eula took a lead late in the game, only to have Evadale tie it up with less than three seconds left. Eula calls timeout to set up a play. They got the ball down the court quick and into the hands of their best outside shoot, Jacob Archa, who got an open look and nailed the three as the clock expired. It was a pretty great play especially since Archa had only one field goal for the day and was 1-7 on threes before that. It was a great clutch shot, however, and made for some great photos. I was able to get both the sports front photo and a local front photo to go with fan story we were running. Games like this are what make this time of year so much fun.