"It's funny," Ray said. "After [the jump ball], Coach thanked us for inviting him. I said, 'No, Coach, thank you.' "
Indeed, for rocking the Civic Center.
Late in Charleston Catholic's victory over Buffalo, a cheer went up from the student section.
"We don't recruit 'em," said it.
"I missed a lot of shots," George said, "so it was nice to be able to do that. It makes me feel less bad about how I was playing. I was slinging shots. I'm hoping to turn that around [in the semifinals] on Friday."
"The lower level [of the Civic Center] was sold out and we're having more walk-up tickets sold," Ray said.
The executive director, by the way, read this space in Wednesday's Gazette and said the boys event and Charleston are still going strong after all these years.
"Since I've been in office, no one else has expressed an interest in bidding [to host the tournament]," Ray said. "I know there are bigger arenas in Morgantown and Huntington, but it just wouldn't be the same."
Ray dished kudos to Charleston Mayor Danny Jones. "He and his office are always asking what they can do to help or make it better," Ray said. "They've always been proactive."
These days, that's smart. Ray, however, seems more than happy with Charleston serving as host.
"The Civic Center is within walking distance of everything," said the executive director. "It's just the place to be."
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