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February 21, 2013

ON THE SPOT: Borden's Cody Bachman

Recovered from his ugly injuries, Bachman has helped Braves to another great season

BORDEN — Just over a year ago, Cody Bachman and the Borden Braves were rolling their the boys’ basketball program’s best regular season in school history.

Borden had just one loss and was headed toward its third sectional title in six years. Probably more.

Then it happened. Just a simple practice rebound. No one around. Bachman landed on two feet. On balance. Nothing unusual about it.

But somehow, two bones snapped in Bachman’s lower leg. His season was done. Rehab was in his future.

“I remember the look on his face, just the pain he was in,” Nash said. “Once we got him in the ambulance, I can remember going in the lockerroom, the kids were upset and in shock.”

Borden recovered and went on to win another sectional title before suffering a 68-48 loss to Orleans in the regional. It was the same Orleans team the Braves had beaten with Bachman just 42 days earlier.

Bachman returned in November for his senior season, helping lead Borden to a 16-3 with its regular-season finale tonight at winless Salem.

With Bachman back in uniform, the No. 10 Braves appear to be headed toward yet another sectional championship. Maybe more.

“To come back from that injury and perform like he’s performed, to defend like he’s defended, I can say enough good things about his character,” Nash said. “He’s a tough cat.”

Bachman, who began as a freshman at Christian Academy, has led the Braves in scoring in two of his last three games. But it’s his team-first and his defensive mentality that Nash appreciates most.

“Cody’s selfless,” Nash said. “He’s the kind of kid that’s going to go out and score 10 points per game, seven or eight rebounds and four or five assists. And he’s going to defend the best player. All the intangibles you can’t teach, Cody does that for us.”

On Thursday, Bachman spent time answering questions about the accident, having coaches for parents, potentially facing his former teammates in the sectional, the rest of the Borden Sectional field and the Braves’ chances in the upcoming sectional, which begins Tuesday against South Central.

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