Shot the Hoosiers All-Star Reunion Classic today. It’s a doubleheader basketball games which features the best boys’ and girls’ high school players that the state of Indiana has to offer.
But the really nice thing about the games is that they’re held in this very old gym, The Hoosier Gym, that’s virtually unchanged from the 20s or 30s, when it was built.
The 1986 movie “Hoosiers“, starring Gene Hackman was filmed at the gym.
The movie was about the real 1954 Indiana small town Milan High School basketball team that went on to win the State Championship against much larger schools. Knightstown has been playing this up ever since.
So where else would you play an All Star basketball game in Indiana, but in Knightstown and in this gym. I’m surprise that they haven’t got Gene Hackman to appear at one of these games, though I’m sure that they have tried.
It’s always hard shooting a double game. The first game sucks all the juice out of you, then you remember that you still have a second game to shoot.
But it all becomes a lot easier when you have really good teams playing. In the girls game, one team was up by almost 20 points by half time. But in the second half, the other team came back and won the game by 1 point. The men’s game was just a shooting feast and a joy to watch good players enjoying themselves. That was also a come from behind win in the last few seconds.