Monte Morris awoke Saturday at 6 a.m. and knew something was wrong.
It felt like a roller coaster was inside his stomach.
But the Flint (Mich.) Beecher senior figured he would simply tough out the Class C state championship game because the newly named winner of the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award is supposed to do stuff like that.
But then he arrived at the Breslin Center in East Lansing and felt worse than he did at home, which was bad enough.
"There were times I had a lot of energy for two possessions," he said Sunday, "and the next possession I would feel dizzy, like I was in slow motion."
Early in the third quarter, Morris was accompanied to the locker room by athletic director Courtney Hawkins, who also led Beecher to a state title as a point guard.
"I threw up and ate some oranges," Morris said. "I tried to get fluids back in me."
Then Hawkins reminded Morris that Michael Jordan played through the flu and, besides, pain was only temporary.
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Morris did not need a pep talk. He was going to finish the game regardless.
"I told myself it was a mind-set, I just had to finish it," he said. "I would regret it the rest of my life if I didn't finish the game. I just wanted to go out without any doubts."
Morris returned to a two-point deficit and did what he could even though he didn't have any energy in his legs for jump shots.
Late in the game, he deked his defender and split two defenders on his way to the basket for a lay-up and a five-point lead with 2:25 remaining.
But Laingsburg fought back and was down a point and had the ball with 17 seconds left.
A Laingsburg player went up for a shot to win the game when Morris had a flashback.
"That was the same exact rim we were on and the same exact end of the floor my sophomore year when I didn't make the block," he said. "I watched the play, and the guy laid it up and we lost. I felt like I need to make a play. I told myself if I was ever in that situation again, I was going to make a play on the ball."
Morris went up from the side and blocked the shot and, in a mad scramble, the ball ended up in the hands of another Laingsburg player.
But Morris stuck his hand in the scrum and knocked it loose, and teammate Jalen Pettes came up with the loose ball. Beecher had its back-to-back titles.
After the awards ceremony, Morris, who had scored a game-high 16 points, went back to the locker room and reacquainted himself with a stall.
"As soon as I got back there, I threw up four more times," he said. "The pain was bad, and I was woozy."
Morris' mother, Tanya, took him home, and Morris slept for 12 hours.
When he awoke, he felt better and had a championship medal to show for it.
The amazing thing about Morris is he didn't leave Beecher. For a few years, it seemed like Mike Williams was running a feeder system for other programs.
Reggie Stallings transferred to Flint Carman-Ainsworth. Taron Boose, who had averaged 21 points and 15 rebounds at Beecher, left for Saginaw and Javonte Hawkins transferred to Flint Powers.
"I went up to watch the football team practice one day, and that was the day we found out that Taron had really left, we already knew Javonte was gone," Williams said. "Monte comes up to me and said: 'Coach, don't worry about them leaving. They left to get out of my way.'
"He was 14 years old when he said that."
Morris never considered leaving the school where his mother scored more than 1,000 points and won a state title.
"At the end of my sophomore year, a lot of outsiders were telling me I should leave and go to a prep school and develop," Morris said. "With my mom going to Beecher and graduating from Beecher, I wanted to leave a legacy there. I always wanted to be a Buccaneer."
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