View Full Version : Grant Gibbs Linn-Mar Lions in Iowa St. Class 4A Action today, 3/5/08

03-05-2008, 10:31 AM
Grant Gibbs: Grant's Linn-Mar Lions will play Marshalltown today at 1:30 PST (3:30 Iowa time) in the first round of the Iowa State 4A Boys Basketball tourney.

Radio: Should be available on 1600 ESPN.com (http://www.1600espn.com/index.php).

Pregame Story from The Gazette (http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080302/SPORTS/314337189): includes a nice pic of the Zags incoming guard:


March 02. 2008 10:46PM
Talented trio has become friendly rivals
By Jeff Dahn
The Gazette

DES MOINES - They're probably not "The Three Amigos" in the strictest sense of the title, in the "one-for-all, all-for-one" context usually associated with the phrase.

They fight for different flags, wear different colors and represent different schools, and their allegiances are as acute as their abilities on the basketball floor.

Senior all-staters Matt Gatens of Iowa City High, Grant Gibbs of Linn-Mar and Kaylon Williams of Cedar Rapids Kennedy will put on different uniforms at this week's Class 4A state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena but there is no animosity among the talented trio.

Get up and bar the door, Katie, because these rivals from three Mississippi Valley Conference schools are great friends. You can thank summertime AAU basketball for that.

"I played with Kaylon for a while, and me and Matt played together last year for Martin Brothers," Gibbs said. "We're all friends off the court. Matt and Kaylon are two of my best friends."

Top-ranked City High (22-1), sixth-ranked Linn-Mar (18-4) and No. 2 Kennedy (21-2) will play in the first three games of the 4A state tournament Wednesday afternoon. City High is the No. 1 seed, Linn-Mar the No. 5 and Kennedy the No. 2.

The Little Hawks play Sioux City North (17-6) in a quarterfinal at 1:45 p.m., followed by Linn-Mar against Marshalltown (19-4) at 3:30 p.m. Kennedy locks horns with Southeast Polk (18-5) at 6:35 p.m.

There is talent galore on these MVC rosters Dubuque Wahlert is in the 3A state field as well but each program has its face.

For City High, it's Gatens. For Kennedy, seek out Williams. And for Linn-Mar, it's Gibbs. Gibbs hit a huge speed bump this season, however, when he broke a bone in his right (shooting) wrist after a hard fall Jan. 22 at Waterloo East.

He's back in uniform but unable to contribute the way he'd like.

"I'm feeling good," Gibbs said late last week. "The wrist is doing better and it keeps getting better and better. Hopefully, it'll get stronger before we play on Wednesday."

Linn-Mar is the defending state champion and has been in the 4A final four the past four years. The Lions won a title in 2004, finished second in 2005 and were fourth in 2006 before winning it all again last year.

"This is a different team," said Gibbs, a 6-4, Gonzaga University-bound senior making his third state tournament appearance as a member of the Linn-Mar varsity.

"This is the first time going down with these guys. We had two tough games (in the substate tournament) but we did what we had to do. We've played in some big games this year."

Go Grant! Go Lions!

Read the rest of the story here (http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080302/SPORTS/314337189).

03-05-2008, 12:30 PM
Just tried to tune in to the game, but it looks like the ESPN1600.com site crashed. Will try again in a bit, but I just wanted to note there is nothing wring with the link above. I was able to connect earlier today, so maybe the site just got overwhelmed.

03-05-2008, 01:41 PM
I was just able to log onto the online radio site. Game is tied 44-44 in overtime and Grant is in the game. Don't know yet how many minutes he's played or what he/s scored. 2 minutes to play in OT.

03-05-2008, 01:55 PM
Linn Mar wins, Grant gets 17 off the bench and is team leading scorer

03-05-2008, 02:05 PM
Final score 54-48. Linn-Mar now advances Friday to the Semifinals against Iowa City, at 11:15 PST (1:15 Iowa time).

Nice going, Grant! Congrats on coming back strong from that broken wrist!

Angelo Roncalli
03-05-2008, 02:06 PM
Linn-Mar's Grant Gibbs, a Gonzaga recruit, finished with 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting.

Game story:


03-05-2008, 02:35 PM
Grant is back, I'd say. 17 points! Sweeeet.

03-05-2008, 04:29 PM
If the link works, here is a little video.

Also here is the local tape:
Click on the red Watch The Video.

Grant played GREAT today, considering he has not had any meaningful minutes in 5 weeks.

03-05-2008, 05:04 PM
Thanks for the links lionspride. It was interesting to see Grant with what was basically a drop step dunk in that video. Some on this board have questioned Grant's athleticism, that dunk should put some of those questions to rest. I don't think Blake Stepp would have made that move yet he turned out to be a decent ballplayer.;)

03-05-2008, 05:38 PM
Thanks so much, LionsPride! Really helps to have input from folks in Iowa concerning Grant. That first video especially is really neat. I loved Grant's scream after the dunk, shown here in a pretty fuzzy screen print:


Grant was fired up! 28 minutes in the game today.

03-05-2008, 08:33 PM
7-7 from the field, some nice drives, 3 balls, and a dunk

nice game for grant

03-05-2008, 09:35 PM
Oh, oh.... dunking against doctors' orders. Story tonight from The Gazette (http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080305/SPORTS/881263008/-1/prep01):

March 05. 2008 10:16PM
Gibbs leads Lions past Marshalltown
By Jeff Dahn
The Gazette

DES MOINES — Grant Gibbs and the Linn-Mar coaches fully expected his doctors and trainers to be a little upset with him last night.

Midway through the third quarter of the sixth-ranked Lions' Class 4A state tournament quarterfinal Wednesday afternoon against ninth-ranked Marshalltown at Wells Fargo Arena came a moment both profound and defining. It was a dunk, the one shot Gibbs had been told not to attempt.

"I just got up there and I'm sure my trainer was freaking out, but I was like, 'I'm just going to dunk it anyway. I don't care," Gibbs said.

"The doctor said he's not supposed to dunk, so we're going to have to talk about that a little bit," Linn-Mar Coach Chris Robertson said.

Talk is cheap. Victories at state are priceless.

Gibbs, still not 100 percent after breaking his right wrist Jan. 22, played 28 minutes, scored a game-high 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting and led Linn-Mar to a sometimes-difficult-to-watch 54-48 victory in overtime.
"Grant Gibbs had just one phenomenal game and he's just one heck of a player. He really carried the team in the second half."

Gibbs' dunk, which came after a bullet feed from Bohannon, came at the 4:41 mark of the third, ignited the big crowd and gave Linn-Mar a 32-29 lead.It really is nice to see you back out there, Grant!

03-05-2008, 09:46 PM
Way to go, Grant! It's nice to seeing his bouncing so quickly and performing so well after that wrist injury!