The evening was billed as "Throwback Night" by the Jordan Centennial committee as the Beetdiggers were decked out in retro jerseys and Bingham dressed in a centennial uniform in early preparation for the Miners' 100-year celebration next year.
Maybe the Jordan players took the "throwback" label too literally as they turned the ball back to the Miners time and again as Bingham pummeled the Beetdiggers, 59-44.
Bingham employed a smothering zone defense that not only stifled scoring, but prevented the Diggers from even getting a shot off inside of 18 feet during the entire first quarter. After the quarter break, Jordan promptly went inside for two attempts, but the bigger Miners easily thwarted them.
"We played tremendous defense," said Bingham Coach Mark Dubach, He added, "They didn't allow Jordan to get in their up-tempo game, which they are really good at."
The Beetdiggers finally hit a few three pointers in the second quarter to end the half on a positive note but they still trailed 33-13.
Halftime featured a tribute to longtime 'Diggers Coach Hal Hale (see side box) where 30 of his former players and assistant coaches showed up to see his No. 20 retired. Perhaps that was the highlight for 'Diggers fans as Jordan could never cut the deficit in the second half to single digits.
In the fourth quarter Bingham's Parker Jenkins finished with 17 points and Dubach complimented TJ Ford for having an outstanding game at point guard. Ford was going to the hole like he was carrying the football, and nobody could stop him. "He and Harrison both played a great game," said Dubach.The tough Miner defense held Preston Richards and Larry Miller to 10 and nine points respectively.
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