The first weekend in February has been one for the books in the state of North Carolina, especially for the tiny town of Boiling Springs. On Saturday night the Gardner-Webb men’s basketball team faced off Presbyterian College for what at first seemed to be on the verge of a shut out on the part of the Bulldogs. The game took a quick turn as Presbyterian College caught back up and forced the Bulldogs into overtime. Some of the most nerve-racking minutes of the game had every fan on the edge of their seats. At the very last seconds of overtime, the game was tied yet again. Gardner-Webb had the ball and with 2.5 seconds left, a pass was made to senior, Isaiah Ivey, who was wide open and made a “nothing but net” 3-point shot. Needless to say, the crowd went wild.
Tonight as I sat watching the Super Bowl I came across this legendary senior from Louisville, Kentucky. A stand-up guy from what I could tell in the few minutes I spent with him. Isaiah is a Sports Management major and has played basketball at Gardner-Webb for the past 4 years. Isaiah grew up in a basketball home. It is something he and his parents share a love for. He has played basketball for a total of 16 years. Needless to say, yet again, basketball is his favorite sport.
One of his favorite memories as a basketball player is in high school they went to regionals, and he was able to play in the same arena that the University of Kentucky plays in.
Isaiah says that his favorite college team, other than Gardner-Webb, is Ohio State because that is where he was born. Isaiah’s favorite professional team is the Lakers.
I asked Isaiah how he felt in those last seconds of the game yesterday.
“Relief. I was wide open.”
What a time to be a Gardner-Web fan.
Isaiah plans to play professional basketball overseas after he graduates from Gardner-Webb, and he said he hopes to eventually coach basketball.
Tonight, he is pulling for the Panthers which seems to be a common theme among the people in the Carolinas on this Super Bowl Sunday.
3 things Isaiah is thankful for today:
Thankful for exhilarating weekends and new friends. Oh what a time to be alive, my friends.
Read more about the Bulldogs big game this past Saturday: