Moody Homes beat the Net Rippers, who were previously undefeated.
Marquise Henry has been playing in the city of Palm Coast’s Adult Basketball League for three years. And despite making it to the title game in 2017, he’s never been a part of the championship team.
Moody Homes (7-2) stormed back from an 11-point halftime deficit to upset the previously undefeated Net Rippers 57-54 on the night of Wednesday, July 18, at Buddy Taylor Middle School.
"We stayed together as a team. That's what we were supposed to do,” Henry said. “We kept talking to each other, kept moving the ball and we came out with the W."
The Net Rippers, led by the league’s leading scorer, Mike Holland, defeated Moody Homes on both occasions during the regular season and were the heavy favorite entering Wednesday night’s game, leading by as much as 15 points during the first half.
Halfway through the second half, Moody Homes initiated its comeback. Donald Smiley sank back-to-back layups to give his team its first lead of the game with 6:05 remaining.
A transition 3-pointer by JoJo Trinkle two minutes later propelled Moody Homes to a 4-point lead — its largest of the game.
Down three with two seconds on the clock, the Net Rippers’ Tevin Galvin heaved a 3-pointer from the top of the key — and was fouled.
He missed all three free throws, and Moody Homes secured the final rebound to seal the win.
"We stuck together, and now we're the champs,” Henry said.