The Ball Report

Sweet Memories

By: Gary Ball
By: Gary Ball

As I look back on the recent National City KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament it has to go down as one of the best ever. Not only was the Championship Final an instant classic by going into double overtime, the coaches at Holmes and Louisville Central displayed an attitude depicting all that high school sports are supposed to be about.

As I look back on the recent National City KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament it has to go down as one of the best ever. Not only was the Championship Final an instant classic by going into double overtime, the coaches at Holmes and Louisville Central displayed an attitude depicting all that high school sports are supposed to be about.

Central coach Doug Bibby did a remarkable coaching job with his team. At one point in the season the Yellowjacket record was 0-8. Bibby transformed them into a team that came ever so close to winning one of the most coveted prizes in Kentucky high school sports. Coach Bibby was so positive by constantly interacting with his players and giving them encouragement during timeouts. He displayed class and enthusiasm which many coaches seem to forget in the heat of a game. He won me over and you can consider me a new found member of the Doug Bibby fan club.

David Henley of Covington Holmes also showed great poise and calm during the Championship Final, Coach Henley never berated his players or publicly humiliated any of them at any time in the tournament. Coach Henley would instruct his players about what they needed to do to be effective on the court. In a game that many already consider to be the greatest Championship Final ever, Coach Henley remained cool and collected throughout the entire game. During the television broadcast of the final I commented to Don Adkins that it was not apparent early in the game that it would be an overtime thriller. As Central built up a ten point lead, I wondered if Holmes had finally run out of energy. Holmes mounted a comeback and showed all of us what they were made of. I can honestly say that it was the most fun I have ever had in my 25 year broadcasting career in basketball due to the efforts of two outstanding coaches and two excellent basketball teams.

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