Dublin Coffman High School boys basketball coach Jamey Collins knew what his team had to do when it trailed Groveport by 16 points less than 30 seconds into the fourth quarter of its Division I district tournament game Friday at Worthington Christian.

Dublin Coffman High School boys basketball coach Jamey Collins knew what his team had to do when it trailed Groveport by 16 points less than 30 seconds into the fourth quarter of its Division I district tournament game Friday at Worthington Christian.

"We had to go into 100 percent attack mode," he said.

The Shamrocks did just that and it worked to perfection. They hit their first 10 shots of the final period and rallied for a 71-67 victory over the Cruisers, setting off an on-court celebration by the Coffman student section.

"It's the best comeback I have ever been a part of," said Collins, whose team improved to 19-3 and will play Beechcroft in the district semifinals March 7 at the Fairgrounds Coliseum. "I'm glad the guys worked hard and didn't give it up. They hit so many big shots in that fourth quarter. It was incredible."

The Cruisers, who finished 8-14, scored the last 15 points of the third quarter to take a 64-49 advantage. Coffman chipped away in the fourth and finally took the lead when Green grabbed a rebound off a missed shot by Christian Heine, put it in and was fouled with 2 minutes, 3 seconds to play in the game. His free throw gave the Shamrocks 67-65 lead.

The Cruisers answered on a score by Tra Waymon, but Heine scored in the paint for a 69-67 lead and the Shamrocks hung on with two more defensive stops.

Coffman was led by Conner Viers and Kyle Molock who scored 18 points each. Green had 13. The Cruisers got a game-high 27 points from Davon Joiner, 19 of which came in the third period.

"I don't think I could have had enough timeouts," said Groveport coach Joe Rinkes, who called two in the final quarter as he tried to stop Coffman's momentum. "They were on a roll. They made plays, and we didn't respond well."