Are You Ready to Rumble?
February 23, 2016
Bright lights, big screen, and a stadium capable of holding 18,165 people… all things the boys varsity basketball team does not have the opportunity of experiencing on a regular game day. However, this particular game day was quite different. The day provided an experience for the team to tip off, not standing on their usual hardwood, but on the home court of the Indiana Pacers.
On February 13th, the boys varsity basketball team battled it out against the Perry Meridian Falcons in the Circle City Showcase at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. After a hard fought game, Martinsville came out on top with a score of 74-61.
This was a very important game for the boys basketball team because it allowed them to experience the feeling of playing on an actual professional court. For senior Mason Ferguson, it was an opportunity that many players do not get.
“It was a fun experience that not many kids get to have and it was cool to experience what pro’s feel when they get to play there, and all the technology created a great atmosphere that we do not get when playing a regular game,” said Ferguson.
Also, it gave them the chance to demonstrate their abilities to a much larger crowd than usual.
After the huge win for the boys, senior Zach Anderson took home MVP of the game with a total of 17 points. Only one player from each team was awarded MVP, and Anderson was surprised that he was the recipient.
“It was a great experience. Playing there was a lot of fun and knowing that Kobe was there just a week before was amazing. Also, getting MVP was very special and I am very blessed. I thank the man upstairs,” said Anderson.
Aside from the game, senior Logan Ratts received the academic student athlete award. This award is given to students who excel as a student and as an athlete. Moreover, he was given the honor of winning a spot on the Circle City Classic All-Academic Team at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, which was a big deal to Ratts.
“Being a recipient of this award really showed my dedication to both athletics and academics,” said Ratts.
This game was huge for Martinsville athletics and gave the players an experience they will never forget.