It had all the earmarks of big time high school hoops as Pinckneyville’s venerable Duster Thomas Gym hosted the first semi-final game of the IHSA Class AA boys basketball sectional on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Parking space was at a huge premium, and it showed in the packed gymnasium. Although the gym was about 80% Pinckneyville’s powder blue, there was a very respectable Massac County crowd on hand to witness the showdown between the two SIRR Conference foes. The Panthers went 5-3 on the Mississippi side, while Massac went 7-3 on the Ohio side.

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