Borden Plays For State Championship
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Borden High School's basketball team plays for the Indiana Division 1 State Championship Saturday in Indianapolis. A win will mean a lot for the players and the entire town.
Drive in to Borden, Ind. and you will quickly realize this is a town where basketball is a religion. At the gas station across from Borden Junior/Senior High School, "Go Braves" is printed on every receipt.
"I'm telling them to enjoy it just like me: I'm trying to enjoy it," said Doc Nash, the team's coach.
Nash has been at Borden for seven years. This is the first time in school history that the Braves will play for the state title.
It would mean everything to this community -- not only this community, but West Clark Schools and southern Indiana as a whole," said Jalen McCoy, a senior.
Borden enters the state title game with a 23-3 record, but the team admits they'll be facing an opponent like they've not seen all season. Triton High School near South Bend has a star player.
"I'm going to do what I can and keep him under his 27-point average," said Cody Bachman, a senior.
"We have to guard their best player, a kid by the name of (Clay) Yeo. He's about 6' 6" and he signed with Valpo," said Nash.
The Borden Braves will depend on their talent, but say a little superstition doesn't hurt anybody. The team plans on eating Penn Station subs before the game just like they have all year long.
"Got to wear the same clothes, sit in the same seat on the bus," said Nash.
Superstitious or not, the day is really about savoring the moment.
Senior Billy Kirchgessner said, "Now we've just got to win."
And what will Nash say to his players before they hit the court?
"That I love them…That's it," he said.
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