The Anderson Cubs earned Shasta County Sports boys basketball Team of the Week honors for their tournament title and comeback win over rival West Valley. (Photo by Aaron Williams / Shasta County Sport)
Down 11 to its rival, things weren’t looking goof for Anderson in Saturday’s title game of the Cubs’ own tournament. But Big Blue dialed up the defense, chipped away on offense and got the winning play at the buzzer to beat West Valley 38-37 and the Shasta County Sports’ Boys basketball Team of the Week honors in the process.
Trailing 30-19 with 4:09 left in the third period, the Cubs dug in on the defensive end, holding the Eagles scoreless for more than 5 minutes. And on the other end of the floor, the Cubs found a few go-to guys in the process.
Senior Robbie Davis hit several low-post buckets en route to tournament MVP honors, while Gator Wilson canned a pair of 3-pointers and Jamie Cushman added his own triple with a bit of flair after the bucket hit twine.
But it was Christian Teague’s heads-up play with time expiring that sealed the comeback for Big Blue.
Down 37-36 with 14 seconds remaining, the Cubs began their offense near midcourt looking for Davis down low. But the busted play saw the ball wind up in the hand of Jesse Brophy as time wound down. His 3-pointer was off the mark, hitting back iron and sailing back toward the Cubs’ bench. Teague, at the top of the key when the shot went up, recognized the ball was off and knifed in to grab the rebound in midair and back the game-winner of the backboard as time expired. Game over. Time to get mobbed by teammates and fans.
“It felt good, nice and clean,” Teague said after he let the putback go.
And when it went in?
“My heart stopped; I was so happy,” he said.