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Hurricane trio reunited on court

Courtesy Mark Huber, Wilmington News Journal

January 2, 2013

Junior Malcolm Heard II was one of three former Hurricanes on the Millett Hall court Sunday.

Junior Malcolm Heard II was one of three former Hurricanes on the Millett Hall court Sunday.

OXFORD — It was only 64 seconds. And it didn’t happen until 10:22 remained in Sunday’s college basketball game between Wilmington College and Miami University.

But for that 1:04, Wilmington High School’s class of 2010 had 30 percent of the players on the basketball court at Millett Hall.

Miami’s Quinten Rollins and Wilmington College’s Malcolm Heard II and Jordan Berlin finally were on the same basketball floor together, a first in a competitive game since the trio walked off the Lebanon High School court March 6, 2010, after losing to Thurgood Marshall 51-50 in the Division II sectional tournament.

“It was weird,” said Heard, who logged just 11 minutes in the game because of foul difficulty. “Q is somebody I, basically, look up to as my brother. And like in any household, you want to beat your brother.”

Miami won the game, 84-67, using a 15-0 run midway through the second half to fend off a pesky Quakers squad.

Rollins finished with just two points but had seven assists, two steals and did not commit a turnover in his 17 minutes of action.

Heard II had four points and just one rebound while Berlin, in only his second game in the WC green and white, had four points in 21 minutes.

“It was fun,” said Berlin, who transferred to WC from Ashland.

During the game, the former Hurricane standouts had their game faces firmly in place. A tight game much of the first 30 minutes, Miami didn’t pull away until late. With 3:40 to play in the game, Berlin passed Rollins and had a smile on his face as he said something near midcourt. Rollins never cracked.

“I’d rather not repeat what was said,” Berlin remarked.

Said Rollins, “I heard what he said. I had to stay locked in. I just let it go in one ear and out the other.”

Rollins admitted the reunion was on his mind but not at the forefront.

“I thought about it a little bit over the break when I was home,” he said.

But Heard II said Rollins was a bit more talkative in the summer when the game was scheduled.

“During the summer, Q had been talking trash,” said Heard II, who noted he has become friends with RedHawks Jon Harris and Josh Sewell the past couple years. “Trash talk … but harmless trash talk.”

Rollins, Heard II and Berlin led Wilmington High School to a 53-14 record their three varsity seasons together. Berlin and Rollins had played together dating back to their days in elementary school. Heard came on to the scene a few years later when he moved to Wilmington from Dayton. They played on the same Hurricane team as seventh graders, meaning they’ve been teammates five of the last eight years.

“This was kind of bittersweet,” said Berlin. “Me and Malcolm being on the same team (again) is nice but this is the first time I’ve played against Quinten.”