For St. Paul's Shane Tanzymore, it was a matter of shaking a stomach virus. For teammate Rob Bouse, it was a matter of not being able to stomach three straight losses in the Metro Classic.
Tanzymore and Bouse sparked the Crusaders (29-3) to the Metro Classic MSA C Conference championship yesterday at the Baltimore Arena. The 55-42 victory in overtime over Boys' Latin (20-14) avenged last year's three-point loss to the Lakers.
"You can't imagine the feeling," said Bouse, who converted four three-point shots and ended with 16 points. "This was my third time here and we lost both previous times, so all we wanted to do this year was, first, get here; and, second, win.
"I hit some shots in the first half and then Shane came on in the second half with some clutch baskets and rebounds. The overtime was pretty much a team effort."
If Bouse had difficulty containing his joy, Tanzymore confessed he had partied a little too much Saturday night and the junk food got to him.
"Coach told me to keep on shooting and I did," said Tanzymore, named Most Valuable Player for his 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.
"Rob got the ball inside to me and the shots started falling."
Boys' Latin had trailed by 13 in the third quarter before rallying behind the inside power of Stan Ross (15 points, 19 rebounds). The Lakers managed a tie at 31-31. Tanzymore and Ross traded baskets down the stretch and forged a 38-38 tie in regulation. Tanyzmore followed up with six points and several key rebounds in the overtime period.
The 6-foot-5 senior hopes to study engineering next year, possibly at Lafayette or Virginia Tech.
For Bouse, a junior, his preparation to return to the Metro Classic next season began today. He likes that winning feeling.