PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Legendary Alabama Football Coach Bear Bryant once said, "No oneever rallied round a math class." Saturday in Portsmouth, hundredsturned out to rally around the Norcom High School Greyhoundscelebrating their State Basketball Championship.
This is a story about pride and a basketball team that won itbig. It's a story about Shelton Haskins who was lacking inconfidence and didn't want to play in the big game. He was afraid.The coach, however, put him in anyway. Haskins then scored thewinning shot. "My confidence was just too low. I didn't want toplay. My family and friends talked me into it...after the shot Ihave a whole lot of confidence now," Haskins said.
The moment changed lives, just like it did for Assistant CoachBarney Stevenson. Years have passed since 1967 when Stevensonplayed on Norcom's last Championship Basketball team, "It's anhonor to be part of something special as a player and a coach,"said Stevenson.
It's a story about the tall guy, Dorian Finney-Smith, whogot a double-double when it counted: 17 points, 16 rebounds, andfive blocks. Finney-Smith takes none of the credit, and gives it toothers, "Jeremy Canty played good. Trey played good. Carlos playedgood. The whole team played good, and it wasn't just one personplaying good."
It's the story of Portsmouth residents who on a sunny spring daycame out to show Norcom Proud. Most importantly, in the end this isa story about a group of guys who bonded forever, "It meant a lot.We're getting a lot of love every where we go. Somebody will stopyou and ask you about the game. A lot changed because everyone'sshowing us love now," says Jeremy Canty who scored seven points in2:12 helping mount the comeback.
This is also a story of a coach who made young men part ofsomething special, "They create their own legacy. They can make youlaugh, and make you cry. They all stuck through adversity. I saw alot of young men grow up. They showed Portsmouth proud and ICNorcom High School proud," said Norcom Head Basketball Coach LeonGoolsby.
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