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Gibbs sparks Seabury boys basketball team to win

Seabury academy senior Bill Gibbs (15) gets a high-five from coach Mike Harding. The Seahawks beat Cair Paravel, 70-52, on Thursday at Seabury.

Seabury academy senior Bill Gibbs (15) gets a high-five from coach Mike Harding. The Seahawks beat Cair Paravel, 70-52, on Thursday at Seabury.

February 19, 2010


Seabury celebrates on senior night

Seabury Academy's boys basketball team recorded a victory on its senior night Thursday. Seabury beat Topeka 70-52. Enlarge video

The Topeka Cair Paravel defense gave Seabury Academy senior Bill Gibbs little trouble Thursday night.

The senior speech he was scheduled to give as part of the post-game Senior Night festivities, however, proved a bit more challenging.

“It wasn’t something I was looking forward to,” said Gibbs, who finished with a game-high 23 points in a 70-52 Seabury boys basketball victory. “But it’s tradition, so it’s something I was going to do.”

The speech — which turned out to be very eloquent, by the way — marked a satisfactory conclusion to a night meant to honor the team’s three out-going seniors (Gibbs, Dan Simons and Jungwon Seo) — although it didn’t come without an early dose of drama.

Despite handling Cair Paravel with ease in the teams’ first meeting this season, Seabury came out a bit shaky in the first half of Thursday’s game, missing its first six three-point attempts and turning the ball over six times during a particularly lackluster second quarter in which the Seahawks were outscored by five and entered halftime facing a three-point deficit.

That’s about the time Gibbs took over the game, doing a little bit of everything — driving to the basket, hitting outside shots, finding open teammates — to help spark the Seahawks’ offensive attack out of intermission.

Motivated by a rough first half (2-of-9 shooting) and a rather intense desire not to come up short in the final home game of his career, Gibbs finished with 12 third-quarter points on 5-of-9 shooting and was the primary reason Seabury was able to build a 51-42 lead after three quarters — a lead the Seahawks would continue to build upon in the final eight minutes.

“My shot wasn’t falling in the first half, so I knew I had to come out and get to the basket,” Gibbs said. “I definitely made getting deeper in the paint a point in the second half.”

Added Seabury coach Mike Harding, “When he’s aggressive like that, we’re a whole different ball team.”

In the end, Seabury (11-4) won by doing what it usually does: Pushing the tempo, forcing turnovers, keeping its opponent from getting comfortable offensively. The Seahawks shot 15-of-25 from the field in the second half, converting a number of steals into easy baskets, and got significant contributions from junior forwards Reed Grabill and Skyler Malone, who finished with 22 and 14 points, respectively.

Next week, Seabury will turn its attention to the regional tournament, where, following a first-round bye, the Seahawks play the winner of Wetmore-KSD at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Elwood.


ssakcaj 8 years, 3 months ago

What happens if the unthinkable happens and they go all the way and win the state tournament?

roamingnome 8 years, 3 months ago

a picture is worth a thousand, I mean, a million words?!?!? Awesome coaching and great playing...Shame on the AD and Head Master. And, there is no assuming on that note...

DPAGE1022 8 years, 3 months ago

sure looks like a coach that doesn't want to continue to coach!! He should resign, with an 11-4 record!! Oh, wait......HE WAS ALREADY ASKED TO RESIGN!!! Yeah, the program can only move forward from 11-4!!! WHAT A JOKE!!! Enjoy your LAST winning season!!!

kufan1214 8 years, 3 months ago

whatthehell, Sounds like the AD already has a new coach in mind?? What more does the AD want from the program?

lawrence267 8 years, 3 months ago

There's more to being a good coach than just the record.

kufan1214 8 years, 3 months ago

Lawrence267, you obviously don't know Scoop at all.

Austin Bergstrom 8 years, 3 months ago

whatthehell?? I see where you get your username cuz you don't know what the hell you are talking about??? KNOWN NAME...is coach Self stepping down from KU? or even Danny Manning leaving the coaching staff or how bout Joe Dooley!!! Give me a break! For all the Scoop haters...if you ever wondered what type of coach he is just ask yourself one question! What type of person/coach does it take to finish something you have started when told we don't need you or your coaching philosophies any longer. Congrats on a great season so far and continued success towards state! 1st round bye at regionals, hmmmm did that ever occur before Mr. Harding stepped on the scene?

not_that_crazy 8 years, 3 months ago

"lawrence267 (anonymous) says... There's more to being a good coach than just the record. "

I say tom-A-to, you say tom-AH-to I say kissing donors butts, you say donor development

lawrence267 8 years, 3 months ago

I didn't say anything about donor development. It's more about student development.

kufan - I do know Scoop. I like him personally.

DPAGE1022 8 years, 3 months ago

I hope Seabury gets the parents approval before hiring the next coach. Make sure he's a certified BABYSITTER, since you can't handle a coach that would actually raise his voice to the kids, and hold them accountable. That's NOT what a coach should be doing, right? Just let them do anything they want, like the parents who spoil and coddle them at home. Oh, it's ok, honey that you're lazy, we'll just blame the coach!! Come on people, don't be afraid of someone teaching your children the value of hard work, and maybe yelling at them from time to time. They will be ok. Maybe you people should stop babying them, and let them WORK for and EARN things, instead of just handing it to them!!

kufan1214 8 years, 3 months ago

lawrence267, you may have met him or think your know him, but you don't know his coaching style. Read the comments from his players... talk to his players, talk to the parents. Most do indeed believe he is positive and there for the students.

2/05/10 article: “It’s disappointing,” said Seabury junior Skyler Malone, who scored 10 points in Thursday’s victory. “I enjoy playing for Scoop a lot, and it seems like he’s taught me a lot. I’ve always enjoyed talking with him and just joking around.”

From doing on a search, it appears that Harding has been coaching for awhile. Maybe you missed this article or haven't heard of Wayne Simien or Jeffey Hawkins.

I agree with DPAGE1022- sounds like Seabury wants a babysitter.

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