Granby vs. Maury (Video Still: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
Rivalry game goes Granby’s way after Maury had the Comets down big
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
The saying goes, “it ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
Hoops fans should have taken that adage to heart and realized that the Granby Comets still had life in them.
Maury (9-1) raced to an early lead and blistered Granby (8-2), leading 62-41 with 6:58 left in the game. That lead was an expansion of the Commodores’ 37-32 halftime lead. A packed house started to thin as the fourth quarter wore on, but the Comets had an answer for the 21-point deficit.
“It was a great game. Both teams fought and they played hard,” said Granby head coach Mike Evans.
Granby guard Robert Kirby was scoreless in the first half, but he drilled four three-pointers, including a buzzer-beater that sent the game into overtime. The Comets outscored Maury 27-11 in the fourth quarter.
“Me and my dad shoot all the time in the gym. Putting up shots. Game time shots, anything. I told my coach before the play even started, ‘I’m going to hit the shot.’ He ran the play for me and I came through,” said Kirby.
The crowd spilled onto the floor at the end of regulation. The Comets had managed a come back. But there was still a game to be won.
“I knew it was going to be a good game from the start. Our coaches told us to stay focused. The crowd was in it. We had to get them out of our heads and play our game.”
In overtime, Maury led by four with 1:29 left in the extra frame, but Granby went on a 9-0 run to close out the win. Kirby finished with 3 rebounds, 3 assists and two steals to go along with his 12 points.
“We were a step behind in the first half. I knew we could pick up a little on defense and get right back in the game,” said Evans. “We may never be out (of a game), but they’re making me nervous. These guys are pretty much battle tested.”
Of course Granby’s Epps brothers, Antwan and Jayden, played their role in Granby’s comeback win.
“We just fought through. We poured it out and we got the dub,” Jayden Epps said after the win. “Coach just tells us to keep fighting. Never give up. We can do anything. This gives us a lot of motivation, but we have to stay humble.”
Jayden Epps led the Comets with 20 point to accompany his three rebounds, three assists and six steals. Antwan Epps added 13 points for Granby.
Maury’s Clarence Rupert finished the night with 23 points and eight rebounds in the overtime loss.
The Comets and Commodores have another meeting left in the regular season, and you can bet that one will be hotly contested.
– Andy Hilton