Murphy weathered a second-half storm by Curley Friday afternoon to win the school’s first boys' middle school basketball city championship with a 42-39 victory.
“That’s how they played all year,” coach David Rennie. “We’re not the biggest team, but their compete level is off the charts, we have some good skilled guards, and our big men played great today. But we won as a team.”
One of those skilled guards was eighth grader Jordan Galloway, who showed he could close games even at his young age.
After Curley came back from a 16-point deficit thanks to 14 second-half points by Dominic Jones, Galloway was fouled intentionally and sent to the line with just a 3-point cushion. He hit three out of four free throws without hesitation, sealing the win for Murphy as he ended his middle school career.
“We did it as a team, we did it together," said Galloway. "We played well the last three games and made it here and we took it home."
Jones led the way for Curley, scoring 18 points overall. He and Alex Delarosa had all but two baskets for Curley in the second half.
“It hurts now, but I am so proud in every possible way," said Curley coach Draylin Beaudrault. "We are a complete team and we’re proud of everyone who tried their best. They love each other and they play for each other.”
Galloway led Murphy scorers with 18 points and got help from backcourt mate Dajour Dunkley, who had 12.
“I just wanted to win,” Galloway said. “I just wanted to help my team win and it was just in my head the whole game.”
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