HINDMAN, Ky (WYMT) - Down to the wire! The WYMT Whayne Supply Mountain Basketball Classic came to a close Friday night with a dramatic finish as Hazard beat rival Perry Central.
It takes a special combination of things to make a great basketball game. You need a ball, obviously, two teams, each hungry for a win, some good cheers to set the mood and most importantly, a lot of sinking shots.
Long-time sports broadcaster Harold Mullins will tell you the Mountain Classic had all of it.
"Almost always you can count on the WYMT tournament having some of the closest games of the year," said Mullins.
Mullins should know. He has called games from this tournament since it started 27 years ago.
"They are always going to be well attended. They are going to be close basketball games and for the most part, this tournament brings teams together that know each other real well. So it makes for good games, good atmosphere. It is as close as you will get to March Madness in the middle of January," said Mullins.
Many, like Knott County Central High School Principal Bobby Pollard, would argue this year's championship matchup on the boy's side was one of the best.
"Two cross town rivals going at it in the championship," said Pollard.
Mullins tells WYMT he could not agree more.
"It is always good when Hazard and Perry play. It is good that the guys love each other. They know each other. They play hard," said Mullins.
The promise of seeing Perry Central and Hazard duke it out for bragging rights was enough to fill this gymnasium.
"We are more of an arena story gymnasium. We can seat 5,000 people and it makes for exciting basketball. It is a great place. There is not a bad seat in the house and there have been some really good games played here," said Pollard.
Getting back to that concoction for a great game, the last ingredient is fighting it out until the last buzzer sounds.