50 Years Ago

first_imgIt certainly does not seem that it has been 50 years since Indianapolis Washington won a state basketball championship.  The Continentals were led by George McGinnes, Steve Downing, and Jim Arnold.  Their coach was Jerry Oliver.  They defeated Gary Tolleston 79-76.Why is this team so special?  According to an article in the Indianapolis Star, this team is considered to be the best team to ever hit the floor in Indiana basketball.  My recollection of this team was their tremendous physical appearance.  In person you thought you were watching a college team take the floor–not 17 or 18 year old high school kids.  These guys were men!Most of these guys still live in the Indianapolis area and stay very close.  Can you imagine going to your favorite family restaurant and listening to these guys reminisce?  Both McGinnes and Downing wound up playing professional basketball and each made a mark on the game.  McGinnis was an early version of Lebron James.last_img

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