Freshman Tawarren Grant
is a big-time hero today at Midfield (Ala.)
after drilling a pair of 3-point baskets Saturday in the final 7 seconds
to nip Butler (Huntsville, Ala.) 46-45 in the Class 4A state
championship game in Birmingham, Ala.
final shot, with 1.8 seconds left, forever will be part of his legend.
In one motion - with two defenders in his face - he caught the ball,
turned and fired. The result was a spectacular 29-foot bank shot that sent his teammates and fans into pure insanity.
He told the
Birmingham News, "I went to the ball, turned around and threw it up. I
just went to the ball and threw it. I knew it was going in."
scored just 10 points in the first half on 4 of 23 shooting and trailed
by nine points. They still trailed by six points with 38 seconds left
in the fourth quarter before Grant's explosion. Top-ranked Butler, state champion in four of the last five years, led to its own demise
by missing five of six free throws in the final 24 seconds.
* Jordan Frazier
made a school-record 15 steals to spark the Wesleyan (Norcross, Ga.)
girls to a 95-41 rout of Darlington (Rome, Ga.) in the Class A state quarterfinals.