How do you slay a giant? How do you put a big man to his knees?
Even though they had the home court advantage and had been ranked ahead of Trinity Episcopal all season, L.C. Bird knew there were a number of fans thinking that the Titans, led by Zach Jacobs, Jason Wade, and sophomore sensation Armando Bacot, may be just too much for the sharpshooting Skyhawks.
But, when all was said and done in a packed Chuck Tester Court gym January 21st, the Skyhawks' athletic program benefited from the huge crowd, and the fun "What If?" matchup actually happened, as Cam Henry reached another level, scoring 16 points as L.C. Bird used specific strategy, and timely outside shooting, to wear the big men down and take a 64-59 win over the Titans.
But it wasn't easy. It wasn't a wire to wire Skyhawk victory. It took all 32 minutes for the Titans to finally succumb, as they led 59-58 late in the game. But a final 6-0 run finished the job, and the wear down strategy paid off.
Each team lost one game all season en route to their respective state championships, L.C. Bird in Group 5A in the VHSL, Trinity Episcopal in Division I of the VISAA.
But, for one night at least, one champion survived another, and high school basketball fans were the winners.
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