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December 20, 2012

GREG'S PICKS: Clarksville gets its chance against county giant

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — My yearly basketball wish list is a long one.

It starts with adults in the stands acting like adults. For the life of me, I don’t understand usually rational adults acting like spoiled children in the stands when things don’t go their way. Don’t like a call an official makes, he must be screamed at. Don’t like a move a coach makes, he must be publicly humiliated by fans who clearly know better how to run a basketball team.

A distant second on my wish list will never happen — the return to single-class basketball. So I’ll move on.

Since class basketball is clearly here to stay, one of my wishes is that basketball giants like Jeffersonville and New Albany give chances to the little guys in the area during the regular season.

I would love to see Christian Academy get a chance to play in The Doghouse every year. In the late 80’s and early 90s, New Wash gave Jeffersonville everything it could handle. Now — for whatever reason — the Mustangs don’t even get a shot at the Devils.

Some of my favorite games of the year are when the Davids take on the Goliaths. When Silver Creek gets a shot to take down Jeff or Providence gets a crack at the Bulldogs.

This year, unbeaten and Class 2A No. 4 Clarksville believes it has the best basketball team in Clark County. On Friday, it will get a chance to prove it.

Jeff has won 27 of the 30 meetings between the two sides, but Clarksville’s three wins — the last coming in 1996 — proves it can be done.

With no more single-class sectionals, players at Borden, New Washington, CAI and Clarksville deserve a shot at saying they knocked off the bully on the block.

It’s good to see that Clarksville will at least get its shot.

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