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March 11, 2013So I check into my Lincoln hotel, ready for three days of state tournament basketball that I will never forget.
Across the hall and in rooms located on either side of mine are members of the South Sioux City boys basketball team, preparing to do the same.
Three times a finalist and twice a state champ in the past three seasons, South Sioux was 11-12 entering district play. No need to apologize, as the Cardinals took some significant hits at graduation time (understatement) and plays an always challenging schedule.
Jordan Comstock Audio
Surprisingly, South Sioux, the No. 8 seed, won its opener against Ralston, coming back from 18 points to turn the trick. Friday night provided another SSC comeback, this time from 14 points back to win its semifinal against Elkhorn South, in overtime no less. Noise the hallway was noticeably, and understandably, a little louder that night.
Then came the finals. A rematch against defending state champion Scottsbluff, which entered the game a solid favorite. (And another chance to watch the SSC Cardinal mascot go to work, proving to be the best of the bunch at state this year...)
Of course, South Sioux fell behind immediately and stay there almost all game long, once trailing by 11 points. Slowly but surely they pulled themselves back until scoring the winning points on a play called "14," a play executed perfectly, with scoring star Nathan Rogers coming up with the pass of his life, a short bounce pass to a cutting Jordan Comstock, who banked home the winner.
The only thing better than having an underdog win is when the underdog is a former great champion which most of us had kicked to the curb, only to have them achieve greatness most thought to be beyond their reach.
Giving us all three more days of SCC basketball to remember...