(T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)
The Community Vikings experienced both in their 64-62 road win over the Forrest Rockets on Tuesday night.
Community (6-9, 1-6 District 9-A) jumped out on top on a 3-pointer by Tanner Simmons to take an early lead and led throughout the contest before relinquishing the advantage in the closing seconds on a four-point play to tie the game by Mark Pope in the closing seconds and the ghost of Huntland past started to lurk in the Viking faithfuls' psyche.
Luke Primm vanquished the thought moments later on a powerful move into the paint on a twisting, turning drive that resulted in his defender being whistled for a foul with five seconds remaining.
The junior point guard stepped to the line amid a raucous home crowd's noisy efforts to derail his concentration and calmly knocked down two shots to put the Vikings back into the lead for the final time.
"Pope made a huge play for them to tie the game," Viking coach Robbie Davis said.
"Forrest is tough to play in their own gym and I told the kids when we were up by six late in the game that they weren't going to just fade away.
"Luke (Primm) answered their play with what is probably the biggest play of our season so far and then we get a stop on the other end at the horn.
"It was just a good ball game all around. Our kids deserved to have something good happen for them after letting that Huntland game get away from us on a last second shot four days ago.
"It just feels really good to get out of here with a win."
The Vikings led 14-11 after one period before both teams kicked in the afterburners in the second frame with a total of nine 3-pointers between them. Taylor Paschal had a pair for the visitors.
When the vapor trail had cleared up the Purple and Gold maintained a slim 35-34 advantage at the intermission.
Community took control in the third frame and led by as many as 10 before closing out the quarter with a 52-46 cushion. Simmons netted six, Primm had five, and Zeke Grissom added four offensively.
The Vikings appeared to have control of the game late in the fourth frame but were unable to protect the ball from the quick handed Rocket defenders to set up Pope's heroics.
Ironically, Pope and Primm ended the game tied for high scoring honors with 18 apiece.
Juice Rumley added 13 for the Rockets.
Simmons contributed 13 for the Vikings.
Community travels to Wartrace to take on Cascade on Friday night. Tip-off is slated for 7:30.
CHS (64): Primm 18, Simmons 13, Fanning 9, Grissom 8, Pierce 8, Paschal 8, Parker, Frost, Broiles, Pride.
FHS (62) Pope 18, Rumley 13, Zimmerman 7, Horvath 6, Daughrity 5, Pruitt 5, Leonard 5, Hoett 3.
3-pointers: FHS 8, CHS 5.
Halftime Score: CHS 35, FHS 34.