Collins drops 58 in title game

Chauncey Collins saved his best for the biggest stage. Faced with the daunting task of slowing down UNC signee Justin Jackson, Collins made sure he would not be outdone as he led his OKC Storm team to a national championship.

TCU signee Chauncey Collins worried earlier in the year that his OKC Storm team's record would not reflect their talent because they had played so many close games against tough opponents.

After Friday night, Collins and his Storm team are getting the recognition they deserve.

Collins, a 6'1 combo guard, scored 58 points and led his team to their second straight homeschool national championship.

"It really hasnt hit me yet. It hasn't hit the heart yet," said Collins who was named homeschool player of the year. "I am blessed, and I just thank God. Without God, I wouldn't be player of the year. I wouldn't have the life that I have. I wouldn't be going go to TCU in the fall, so I'm just thankful.

"In the grove of the game, we were actually down the whole game," Collins said. "We went to double overtime. I didn't know how much I had. I figured I had 40 or 30 something. It feels great, and it's an even better feeling when you have your teammates behind you, allowing you to shoot the ball and trusting you to get to the basket and still make the shot. Wow. And then we came away with the victory on top of that. We went to the locker room and coach told me I had 58. Wow. I wish I wouldn't have left those eight points at the free throw line."

Collins and the Storm faced Justin Jackson who is ranked the ninth overall player in the nation for the 2014 class according to Scout.com.

Jackson and Collins battled back and forth as the game went into double overtime, but it was Collins who hit the big shots down the stretch.

"He is a great athlete. I take nothing from him," Collins said of Jackson. "I respect him even more because he puts God first like me. Two division one athletes together; he's one of the best home school guys to ever play the game."

A tireless worker, Collins said he would hit the gym again this afternoon to get more shots up.

"I'm driving back to Oklahoma City," Collins explained. "As soon as I touch down, I'm gonna let it sink in with my brothers, with my family. I'm going to give them a hug, but then I'll be in the gym for 4-5 hours. I hope to do it next year in the Big 12 tournament."

Friday marked the second time this season that Collins scored 50 points in a game. He did so earlier in the season against the number two 6A team in Oklahoma. His season average now sits at over 30 points per game.


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