As the Findlay Prep-Bishop Gorman High School basketball game neared a possible third overtime on Jan. 22, the sellout crowd at Cox Pavilion rose to its feet, as it also did toward the end of regulation and the first OT period. And when Findlay’s Kevin Kaspar nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds left, giving the Pilots an 89-86 victory over the defending Class 4A state champions, everyone knew they had witnessed something special.
It was the kind of game people tell their kids they were at years later, the kind of game that people claim they attended decades later even though they hadn’t. UNLV’s Lon Kruger was one of about 15 college coaches in attendance, and former Rebels coach Jerry Tarkanian was seated prominently at courtside.
Considering the talent on both teams and the competitiveness of the contest, it was perhaps the most prestigious game in Nevada high school history. Gorman’s Shabazz Muhammad, considered one of the nation’s top five juniors, led all scorers with 32 points, while Findlay senior and University of Texas recruit Myck Kabongo scored 26. After that kind of show, next year’s game between the teams will probably need a bigger stage.