The last time this happened, America was in the thick of World War II, Bogie and Bergman starred in “Casablanca”, the man who became Han Solo and Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford, was being born and Coca-Cola was just a nickel.
The Greenwood Blue Jays finished the season by hitting their goal of winning the boys Class 2 State Basketball Championship, capturing a 55-54 thriller over the Oran Eagles Saturday afternoon at Missouri State’s JQH Arena.
The first half of the game went back and forth between the teams but Oran pulling away in the last few minutes to told a 6 point lead at the half, 29-23. Early in the second half, Oran was able to stretch the lead to 8 points before the Blue Jays began their comeback.
The Blue Jays were lead in all points by superstar sophomore Aminu Mohammed, who scored 24 points in the championship win. However, the spark plug for the comeback came from freshman Tommy Pinegar, who had shown significant three-point shot ability during the regular season, by hitting three key three-point shots in the fourth quarter. Pinegar ended with 15 points.
It had been a difficult road to the finals for the Blue Jays, with hard-fought wins over Hartville (73-71), Marionville (57-52) and in the State Semi-Final, Plattsburg (61-54). The Blue Jays had to come back from significant deficits in each game to secure their trip to the final.
The state title is the first for the Blue Jays since 1942. This year was the sixth time Greenwood has been to the final four with their last trip in 1991.