When he was in the game, well, let’s just say, Central’s Joel Berroa was pitching a shutout.
Collins never pouted. He never quit, and when he finally found an inch of space, he rocked, fired and drained a 3-pointer midway through the third.
“Joel is an incredible defender,” said Collins. “And when I hit that shot I could hear coach Nault screaming at him, to not let me catch the ball.”
The 3 to end the quarter started with a great steal in the deep corner of his own end. Collins took a couple dribbles and heaved, just from above the opposite 3-point arc.
Talk about adrenaline. The back felt so loose and Collins was free in the fourth. Free to rebound (4 in the quarter), free to attack the hoop (with a sweeping baseline drive) to tie it at 52 apiece and free to defend and faceguard Central assassin Tyler Nelson down the stretch.
“I guess this makes it pretty much worth it,” said Collins. “There were so many times last year, watching (Zach) Karalis and the guys out there, I hated sitting and watching. This makes it all that worth it.
“There’s been no higher point than this.”
With Collins healthy and a band of Knights playing with this kind of resilience and grit, he might want to be ready to amend that statement.
Who knows what highs might lie ahead for this crew? And considering what Collins has been through, he deserves at least a few more.