Rutland had little time to recover from a tough loss to Veterans on Friday night before it played rival Central on Saturday afternoon.
But the Hurricanes held a team meeting between the games, and senior Shakenneth Williams said it helped lead Rutland to a 75-73 victory over the Chargers.
It was very important to everybody, said Williams, who led the Hurricanes with 16 points. Everybody felt that we had to come in, work hard for this game. We cant let (Friday) night get in the way of that, so we all just had the mindset that we had to come in and play this big rivalry game and get back on top.
Rutland head coach Ron Christian agreed that the meeting helped his 14-3 Hurricanes come together for the win.
Our first key to victory was let (Friday) night go, Christian said. And the next thing was the passion and not the poison. We talked about them having the passion for the game and for basketball. Dont poison it by doing the little things that are gonna hurt us.
The win didnt come easily as Rutland saw a 19-11 first-quarter lead evaporate to only a two-point lead at halftime, thanks in part to 15 second-quarter points from Centrals Terry McCoy.
We played with a lot of passion in the first half, ... but we overpassed a little bit, we threw the ball out, and the guys got a little frustrated with themselves, Christian said.
Central (14-4) jumped out to a 52-42 lead midway through the third, until the Hurricanes went on a 13-4 run to close out the quarter only down one.
When we tried to rein it back in right after halftime, they went up on us, but then we got back into our groove and started playing again, Christian said.
The teams traded leads throughout a tense fourth quarter until a layup by Dallas Smith secured the win for Rutland with 2.6 seconds remaining.
The girls game was down to the wire, as well, with Rutland holding off Central for a 36-34 victory.
Central led 27-23 at the end of the third quarter, but balanced scoring in the fourth from the Hurricanes put the Chargers away.
Rutlands Eboni Watts and TyAsia Grayer had 8 points each, while Jarfaith Jones led the way for the Chargers with 14.