A ferocious comeback by the Chamberlain High boys basketball team fell just short Saturday night as Gibbs prevailed in the Class 5A-Region 3 final, 53-45.
When Gary Simon shot through the Chiefs defense for a thundering slam dunk, the standing-room-only crowd roared as it appeared Gibbs was about to blow out Chamberlain with a 45-31 lead with 6 minutes, 20 seconds remaining.
Chamberlain coach Christopher Snyder sensed this as well and implored his players to "sell out." They did.
During the next 3 minutes, the Chiefs held the Gladiators scoreless while Chamberlain racked up a 12-0 run to pull within 45-43 with 3:05 left.
But the rally fizzled at that point. Snyder said his team dug itself too deep of a hole in the first half when Gibbs dominated Chamberlain on both sides of the floor.
"How many free throws did we miss in the first half? How many layups did we miss in the first half?" Snyder rhetorically asked. "When you don't take care of the basketball and you don't score when you have the opportunities to score, it's going to be difficult to win the game."