Eagles sink Port Aransas Marlins in overtime basketball thriller
by Henry Balderamas
Feb 19, 2009 | 609 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Tuesday night, the Woodsboro Eagles basketball team gave a whole new meaning to the term “final four.”

With two minutes left in overtime play and four players already fouled out, the Eagles were left with just four players on the court against a full five of Port Aransas. Four was all Woodsboro would need to cap a 71-70 victory.

Marcus Jaramillo tied the game at 70-70 with a three point shot with 29 seconds left and Ronnie Martinez hit the second of two free throws with two seconds left to stun the Port Aransas Marlins 71-70.

“This was one of the most exciting games we have had here,” said Coach Adam Wollam. “The kids did not give up and they deserved to win this game. It was a great way to finish our season.”

The exciting contest was also the swan song for seniors Josh Jones and Dillan Blaker. Both players were recognized prior to the start of the game.

Jones and Blaker both fouled out late in the fourth quarter but, not before each of them turned in a huge effort. Jones kept the Eagles close throughout the game with his leadership and his patented jump shot from beyond the three point arc.

Blaker played relentless defense and grabbed rebound after rebound to help his team’s cause.

The game was close throughout as neither team ever led by more than six points and the lead changed hands several times throughout the night. Woodsboro was down by four with less than a minute to go but, battled back to tie the game and send it into overtime.

Jonathan Jaramillo also had the “hot hand” hitting several three point shots to keep the Eagles in the game. Bryan Stewart and Jonathan Jaramillo fouled out in the four minute overtime period after turning in brilliant performances.

Marcus Jaramillo, Martinez, Josh Roach, and Jacob Wren were all that was left with two minutes to go in the overtime period. The four young men held their own and shocked the entire gym when they pulled off the victory.

“This was one of the most heroic efforts I have ever seen in a high school contest”, said a proud Eagle supporter. People will be talking about this game for years.

“I am so proud of our guys for never giving up. I hope everyone that was here tonight realizes just how privileged we were to see this. Games like these are a once in a lifetime event.”

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