Bright House Networks, Comcast Partner with IHSAA to Showcase Classic IHSAA State Championship ActionBack
Bright House Networks and Comcast have teamed up with the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) to offer classic Indiana High School State Championship games On Demand, helping fans relive some of the state’s most exciting high school basketball action whenever they want.
Starting today, classic Indiana high school basketball games from the IHSAA’s extensive video vault will be available on Bright House Networks’ Local On Demand Channel No. 600 and in the “Get Local” category of Comcast’s On Demand library at no additional cost to digital cable customers. Through On Demand, customers can watch these games at their convenience, with the ability to pause, fast forward and rewind their selections.
“Bright House Networks is pleased to give our customers the chance to relive the excitement of some of the best boys basketball state championship games ever played in our state’s history,” said Wayde Klein, vice president of marketing and customer operations for Bright House Networks Indiana. “Our Local On Demand channel enables everyone – from the casual fan to the dedicated sports fanatic – to watch these memorable championship games whenever they want.”
Dating back more than 50 years, the classics feature some of Indiana’s greatest high school players, including Oscar Robertson leading Crispus Attucks to the first of three state titles in 1955. Also included, in front of a record-breaking high school basketball crowd of more than 41,000 fans, is Damon Bailey capping his career in 1990 at the Hoosier Dome. And not to be missed is the most storied high school basketball game ever, small-town Milan beating goliath Muncie Central in 1954, the game that inspired the movie Hoosiers.
“With the 2010 IHSAA Basketball State Championships approaching, basketball is in the spotlight, and we’re excited that the IHSAA is opening its video vault of high school basketball classics to our customers,” said Scott Tenney, Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Indianapolis Region. “We’re looking forward to providing these classic, memorable championships to Hoosiers to watch whenever and as often as they want On Demand.”
Leading up to the 2010 IHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships to be held on March 27, which can be seen exclusively on the HomeTown Sports Indiana (Channel 81 on Bright House Networks and Comcast), the following classic IHSAA Basketball State Championship games are available today On Demand:
1954: Milan vs. Muncie Central
In this game, the inspiration for the movie Hoosiers, Bobby Plump hits the game winner with just 3 seconds to go for the biggest upset in state tournament history.
1955: Indianapolis Attucks vs. Gary Roosevelt
Oscar Robertson, future NBA player and arguably Indiana's all-time greatest basketball star, leads Crispus Attucks to the first of its three state titles in five years.
1989: Lawrence North vs. Kokomo
In the last championship game played at Market Square Arena, Todd Leary scores 26 points and Eric Montross has 19 points and 18 rebounds for Lawrence North.
1995: Ben Davis vs. Merrillville
A matchup between the state's two top-ranked teams sees No. 1 Ben Davis hold on for its first state title.
2007 4A: East Chicago Central vs. North Central
In the highest-scoring 4A championship game in IHSAA history, the Cardinals, coached by Pete Trgovich who played for the undefeated 1971 East Chicago Washington team, outlast the Panthers to win the school’s first state title.
In the coming weeks, the following games will also be featured On Demand:
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