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Glens Falls reaction

The crowd packed in the Bullpen in Glens Falls reacts to the Glens Falls win Saturday night.

The crowd packed in the Bullpen sports bar in Glens Falls was silent as the last play of the Glens Falls High state championship basketball game unfolded on TVs around the establishment.

The ball went where everyone on planet earth knew it was going, to the hands of Joseph Girard III. He cut to the hoop, avoided two defenders and laid it in.

My ears are still ringing from the roar in that bar. People who didn't know each other high-fived and hugged. We had just watched history, the first Glens Falls High School boys hoops state championship in more than four decades, and the first school to win a football and basketball title in the same school year.

High school, college or pro, it was one of the best basketball games you will ever see, with so many unbelievable twists and turns in the last few minutes alone. There was no way it could end on a JGIII lane violation on a missed free throw.

We all knew it.

When the celebration ended, people streamed out of the Glens Falls bars to head a block south to Cool Insuring Arena, where the Adirondack Thunder were playing the first-place Newfoundland Growlers. The hoops celebration continued on the sidewalks as those who watched the game marveled at what they saw minutes earlier.

The Thunder did their part to represent Glens Falls as well, putting it to the chippy Growlers for the second night in a row. There was a solid crowd on hand, considering so many people traveled to Binghamton for the hoops game.

Saturday night was just a phenomenal night to be a sports fan in Glens Falls.

And as I awake this morning and turn on ESPN SportsCenter, the top 10 plays of Saturday are running. And coming in at number 7 was Girard's lay-in with the celebration that followed.

"Syracuse people are going to like this kid," ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne said of Girard, who is headed to play for the Orange next season, if you haven't heard.

And the best thing is, we get a chance to watch another storybook ending next weekend, when the Indians take the court here in Glens Falls in the Federation tournament.

Get your tickets early. We won't be packed in the bars for this one. The old barn will be loud and hot.

-- Don Lehman

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