Mississinewa Goes out with a Fight

Games like the one Marion and Mississinewa played Saturday became an instant classic including with a packed gymnasium caused the great moments in the game also with Jerod May gaining his 1000 point this game it was overall a great performance by both teams. It was certainly in stark contrast to the double-overtime, 111-103 thriller the two schools played last season in Gas City, however given the stakes, it was every bit as exciting, mostly because the game wasn’t just an exhibition game it was to determine who the sectional champion was. Earlier in the year during football season The Indians beat the giants and went to become sectional champions. A giants team, seemingly growing up at every turn through the regular season, did some more growing as it came down the stretch trying to hold off a spirited and determined comeback by Ole Miss. The Indians, with six seniors in their regular rotation, showed the trademark Mississinewa blood-and-guts fight that permeates the athletic programs in Gas City. Trying to prolong a season as the final seconds of a high school basketball career quickly tick away is a fight only seniors know. Both teams were playing for their towns, and both Marion and Gas City were well-represented and well-behaved through the intensity of the game and it’s pressure-packed final eight minutes. And both were vying to author a piece of history: Mississinewa trying to win its first sectional since 1954 and Marion trying to inch closer to Kokomo for the most sectional championships of all-time. No player exemplified the Mississinewa spirit better than senior Jerod May. It was somewhat miraculous May was able to even play in the sectional, given that he had surgery on the ACL in his left knee in early September. The Giants then came up with the defensive play of the game, as senior Tyrese Cobb forced an errant pass that went out of bounds. Marion got the ball to Blackmon who was fouled with 9.5 seconds left and he calmly put the Giants in front 57-54 with two free throws. The Giants then prevented May from touching the ball on the final possession, ultimately forcing a contested three-pointer from Heisman Skeens, that fell well short of its mark. Overall next year the Indians look to do more of what they did this year and try to reclaim the sectional Championship for next year. 6 key players will be missing next year due to them being graduated, Jerod May, Thabit Gault, Jalen Martin, Connor Wilson, Trey Jones, and Elijah Bounds will be missed dearly by the Indian family while they took to a Sectional Championship we congratulate them for what they have done and what they will accomplish in the future.

-Tyler Gleason

 

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