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IowaZag
03-08-2008, 12:02 PM
Grant hit a game-winning 3-pointer with one second left, lifting Linn-Mar to a 67-64 victory over Cedar Rapids Kennedy in the Iowa 4-A consolation game this afternoon.

Gibbs ended up with 22 points on 10-12 shooting. Now that's how you finish a career!

LionPride or anyone else who was at the game, what was the atmosphere like?

Here's the last 23 seconds from the gametracker:
00:23 Linn-mar FOUL by Gibbs, Grant
00:23 Cr-kenn MISSED FT SHOT by George, Cimion
REBOUND (DEF) by Hutcheson, Nate
00:01 Linn-mar GOOD! 3 PTR by Gibbs, Grant Linn-mar 67 - Cr-kenn 64 (Linn-mar by 3)

Grant's final stat line:
Player FG 3FG FT Reb A F Pts
Gibbs, Grant * 10-12 2-3 0-1 2 1 4 22

BobZag
03-08-2008, 12:20 PM
Sweet!

Being good in the clutch is what we Zag fans like. :)

CDC84
03-08-2008, 12:22 PM
I wonder if Gibbs can still win Mr. Basketball in the state of Iowa, or if that award has already been given out.......

CaliforniaZaggin'
03-08-2008, 04:38 PM
Congrats, Grant!! Can't wait to see him hitting those kinda shots in a GU uniform!!

MickMick
03-08-2008, 05:07 PM
Great to see him back in the mix. Hitting big shots is what GU is all about.

billthemillman
03-08-2008, 09:51 PM
he cant win Mr. Basketball, that will go to matt gattens of iowa city high, who is going to iowa.

in this video at about the 1:05-1:15 mark you can see one of his 2 dunks while at the state tourney this week.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080308/VIDEO02/80308016

LionPride
03-09-2008, 05:44 PM
It was one of those storybook endings!!! Just glad I was there!
I guess this ends his high school career and his next basket will be with you guys.
Enjoy the story.

Gibbs' trey at buzzer lifts Lions past Kennedy
By Jeff Dahn

The Gazette
jeff.dahn@gazettecommunications.com



DES MOINES The accepted line of thinking is that no one, especially the players, care about consolation games at the boys' state basketball tournament.

Let's get it over and come back at night to watch the state championship game, the game we really deserve to be playing in.

That's probably case in a lot instances, but you would have never known it watching Class 4A, Mississippi Valley Conference and Metro heavyweights Linn-Mar and Cedar Rapids Kennedy go at each other Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena.

Grant Gibbs capped a bittersweet senior season by swishing a long, fall-away 3-pointer at the final buzzer with Kennedy's Alex Coleman right in front of him to give Linn-Mar a thrilling 67-64 victory in front of a fair number of fans who came from Cedar Rapids and Marion to watch the 4A third-place game.

After Gibbs picked himself up, the team did a jubilant victory lap around the WFA floor, then poured into their student section because the students weren't allowed to come to them.

"It was a lot of fun and it was very competitive," said Gibbs, his right wrist still in a tight wrap as he continues to come back from an injury that cost him 10 games. "Consolation games are sometimes, you know, just that last game of the season but we both went at it and we wanted to win. It was a great game."

It was a great game in more ways than just the nail-biting finish.

Fans who headed west from the Metro area had the opportunity to say goodbye to some of the best players the area has produced play their last games for teams ranked in the top three in the state most of the season.

Gibbs, who will play at nationally prominent Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., beginning next season, closed his career with not only the game winner but with 22 points on 10-of-12 accuracy from the floor.

His teammate Alex Weldon didn't have much of an impact Saturday but has a scholarship from Drake University, college basketball's story of the year.

Ethan Benton, another senior starter, also played his last game for Linn-Mar.

"One of the things we wrote on the board before the game there weren't a lot of X's and O's for this one it was just go out and play and have fun," Linn-Mar Coach Chris Robertson said. "We just wanted them to go out and play with a little pride today ... and that was fun for us to watch, just to have them play loose and enjoy the game."

Kaylon Williams, a likely D-1 player somewhere, wore a Kennedy uniform for the last time, as did starters Cimion George, Demetreus Johnson and Walter Loesch, and top reserve Eric Schultz.

Williams scored 25 points with five assists in his high school finale and George had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

"We're rivals and anytime you're a senior you always want to go out with a win," Williams said. "It's been a great time at Kennedy and I wouldn't have wanted to play anywhere else. It's just disappointing we couldn't get (to a championship game)."

In the last three years, Linn-Mar won a state championship (last year) and went to three final fours. Kennedy finished third last year. It's been a great run for these teams and their cupboards are far from bare.

Linn-Mar returns junior starters Nate Hutcheson and Zach Bohannon and top reserves Drew Crawford, Chris John and Will Roth.

Kennedy returns starter Jake Hughes and key reserve Coleman.

n Contact the writer: (319) 368-8841 or jeff.dahn@gazettecommunications.com