HOLLAND — Allen Durham wasn’t sure how much he could help his Grace Bible teammates Saturday after injuring his ankle in the final minute of Friday night’s win against Hope.
Durham provided more than enough help and teammate Cory Jamieson added some offensive support in the second half as Grace Bible came from behind to beat Rochester 78-70 in the finals of the Holland Sentinel Community Tournament at DeVos Fieldhouse.
“I woke up this morning and I was like ‘no way,’” said Durham, who was named the tournament MVP. “I asked coach (Gary Bailey) if I could try it out because I saw that we were struggling a little bit and I just wanted to do as much as I could to contribute.”
Durham made his first appearance with a little less than 7 minutes remaining in the first half to spark Grace Bible (14-2), which was trailing 27-15.
“Allen was not gonna go today and in warmups, (and sophomore forward) Ryan Dame sprained his bad ankle again,” Bailey said. “It’s amazing what happens when you see your team out there struggling a little bit. This was probably our guttiest performance of the season.”
Trailing 42-33 at halftime, Durham and Jamieson led Grace Bible on a 22-6 run to open the second half, giving the Tigers a 55-48 lead. Durham scored eight of his 18 points during the spurt. Jamieson added five.
“Cory Jamieson played extremely well and handled the game for us,” Bailey said. “We said in the second half that if we can get the ball to Durham, let’s just keep pounding it down there.”
Jamieson scored 15 of his team-high 19 points in the second half.
“I’m usually not a scorer, but I knew that we had to have people step it up because of our injuries,” Jamieson said. “(Rochester) pressured us a lot, so I just tried to work on getting by my guy and making some things happen.”
Matt Kurtz had in 15 points for Grace Bible. Ryan Krombeen added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers.
Ricky Doran scored 13 points to lead Rochester (7-5).