By Rick Snow
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (WTOC) - He's the littlest player on the court.
At just 5-9, Memorial's Ty Latson plays as big as any player on the court. On Saturday, his 22 points helped the Matadors to the GISA Class-A basketball championship, inspiring the rest of the team.
Said Latson, "It's heart, heart, heart, it's heart."
"He was our floor general tonight," added Matadors head coach Michael Thompson. "He led by example tonight. That's the way he is, he's a good leader and he's got a bright future ahead of him."
Latson's defense gives the opposition fits. Let's face it, he's like a mosquito, he's just a pest if you're playing against him.
" They say, on offense that's when you should take your rest and on defense use your energy for that," said Latson. "That's what I did and came away with some big steals."
Down the stretch in the championship game, the Matadors were trailing by five points in the final minute but a 3-pointer got them close. With time running out, Latson latched on to an offensive rebound and somehow got the ball up between all the bigger players and into the basket to tie the game and send it to overtime.
"That was key," Coach Thompson said. "He got the offensive rebound and put it up and one. He missed the free throw but he came back and battled for us and he kept us together as a team."
In the overtime, Memorial pulled away to a 79-74 victory and got to celebrate the championship they couldn't win in football with Latson at quarterback.