It was pay back time. The Marietta Magic returned the favor to TOPS Sports of Lexington, S.C. with a 76-70 win in the YOBA U-13 Championship at Bernie Ward Community Center early Sunday morning.
"They beat us by eight in the Marietta (Ga.) Tournament in March," said Magic coach Morris Campbell. " We looking for some revenge today."
The Magic led for most of the game, but TOPS rallied on back of Juan Daniels, who was the high scorer with 20 points.
With less than two minutes left in the game the Magic led 70-65. TOPS decided to put them on the free throw line.
TOPS first fouled point guard James Augustus. The dimunitive guard hit his first two then after a TOPS turnover he was fouled again. He want to the line and buried tow more to put Marietta up 74-65. Augustus, the shortest man on the man on the floor was awarded Mr. Hustle award for his performance in the tournament. During the five footer was constantly diving for the loose ball.
"It is a great honor," said Augustus. "Going down the streatch I knew i had to play hard."
TOPS rallied for five straight points by Daniels and Darren Walker, who had 14 in the contest, to set the table for a furious finish. With the score 72-70 and seven seconds TOPS continued to put the Magic on the line.
"We hadn't been shooting the ball well from the line the whole tournament," said Campbell. "We made them when they counted."
After the Magic would shoot TOPS would send a man long for the outlet pass. It backfired because the long passes were tossed into the bleachers.
The Magic continued to hit their free throws and Tony Campbell sealed the game with his two free throws with ten seconds left.
"I told him to bend his knees and follow through," said Morris Campbell. "He really did the job."
The Magic now continues to advance toward the national tournament which is later this summer.
"Based on our winning percentage, which we don't keep track of, we have already been invited to the national tournament," said Campbell.