Tonight was the first annual Black Out game for the Bedford Basketball program, following in the footsteps of the football White Out. It was a spectacular night, to say the least.
The freshman team has been struggling this year but they managed to take the Hornets into overtime before bowing out right at the end. To say that it was a physical game would be an understatement--I think I saw 6 ice bags after the game.
The JV game was also exciting--it didn't go into overtime, but it did come down to the wire for the win (I think it was a 1 point difference). Then came the main event...
Michelle, Dagmar, and I have spent the better part of the past 2 months peddling special event shirts to be worn tonight. We managed to sell somewhere between 400 and 500. We had enough bodies filling the gym that we had to have seating open on both shelves--it was a full house. The pep band got the music for AC/DC's Back in Black for the occasion. It was raucous good fun in the gym--the student section was HUGE, and they were exceptionally animated. And the game certainly did not disappoint. After falling behind by a dozen in the first half, the varsity Mules took the lead in the 4th quarter, then the score seesawed back and forth. Like the freshmen, the game went into OT. I have to admit that I was banned from the gym in some point in the 4th quarter because every time I walked in, Saline rallied, and every time I left, the Mules edged ahead. So when the AD nudged me into the lobby at the end of OT, we all had a good laugh. While I was out there, Joe Martin had a beautiful assist to John Harmon, who put it in at the buzzer for the 2 point win. Now what makes this even more special... John is the one who caught the touchdown pass with 45 seconds left to tie the football game in the fall (with a nice 2 point conversion by TJ for the win). When the "Just Like Football" chant started, it had special meaning.
ALL of the boys on ALL of the Mule teams played their hearts out tonight. Congratulations!!!