GC Boys Basketball: Frost storms back to beat Hamilton in overtime

Jan. 22—FROST — It came like a lightning bolt and the Frost Polar Bears knew just what to do with it — this explosion of talent and heart and an overwhelming desire to beat the best team in the district.

By the time the game was over — this thrilling, emotional victory Friday night at Frost — every Polar Bear fan in the new Frost Gym was on their feet, shouting and screaming and roaring for their Bears, their kids, with a wall of noise that said it all.

Their Polar Bears had not only knocked off district power Hamilton, but they did it with a comeback few will forget — a remarkable surge that began with Frost trailing by 12 points to start the fourth quarter and ending in a euphoric 59-55 overtime victory.

"I'm really proud of all of them," said Frost Coach Cody Cheek, who was elated with the comeback. "It's been a tough two years of not winning a district game but the guys have continued to show up and put in the work and it finally paid off ..."

Cheek's Bears outscored Hamilton by 16 points from the opening minute of the fourth quarter to the buzzer at the end of overtime to storm back and win the game — well, so much more than just the game, Friday in front of a big hometown crowd that supports their Frost kids, regardless of the sport or final score.

Cheek was right. His kids and the community of Frost had this one coming, and every fan in the community (ie everyone in Frost) embraced the win and the kids and shouted together in celebration.

Friday night's emotional win will be frozen in memory for Frost.

There were Frost stars all over the court — especially on defense, where the Polar Bears stunned Hamilton with a no-quit, all-hands-on-deck defense that turned the game — and maybe the season — around.

Hamilton bearly (absolutely, pun intended) scored in the most exciting and significant part of the game as the Frost D pulled out the dramatic victory in the stretch run, putting the game away in overtime.

There was plenty of offense, too.

Cooper Curl scored 18 points to lead the way, Eli Rogers followed with a 16-point night and Mario Porter was like a rock inside, playing unmoveable defense and scoring 11 points.

Gavin Clayton came through with six big points and Cole Hollingsworth and Brady Martin scored four points each to help put Hamilton away to the complete joy of every Frost player and fan.

The Bears are now 1-2 in the district race and in a position to make the playoffs with a strong stretch run. They play at Valley Mills Tuesday.

Stay tuned ...