Dunk City Falcons

GCMS athletes getting to the rim

GIBSON CITY (WCIA) -- The Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Boys Basketball program hasn't won a regional since 2009.

This past weekend the Falcons won their first-ever Holiday Hoopla Tournament after finishing runner-up last year. Now, with a talented and hungry roster, GCMS is riding a 12-game win streak all the way to Dunk City.


"It's fun, of course, and it's been a lot more frequent, which is a good thing."

    GCMS head coach Ryan Tompkins isn't talking about wins, although the Falcons are doing a lot of that, too.
    No, he's referring to his team's hops.


"It was a few here and there every few years and now it's been a lot more," Tompkins said. "This year alone I think we're in double-digits already."

    So, with more than half the team able to dunk, who has the best throw down?


"I'd say myself," junior Bryce Barnes said.

"I am," center Ryland Holt added.

"It's me," argued forward Lane Short.

    Statistically, it's Holt, but fellow junior Barnes is having his fair share of big-time buckets.
    The Falcon's strength in the post has played a large part in the team's 12-game win streak.


"It's a big factor to get inside and use our strength to our advantage and try and get fouls and try and get to the line," Holt said. 

    But it's not just the their athleticism that's helping to bring in the wins. 
    It's also the never-ending search for who's the best.


"Any little competition we have during practice we're all going at it, we're trying to win," Barnes said. "So, we don't like to lose."

    And GCMS isn't doing much of it. even with seven of its players getting a late start to their season after winning the Class 2A Football State Championship.


"The guys in football won the state championship Friday, and we had two games here that Saturday, and all seven of them showed up and played both games," Tompkins said. "So, that kind of speaks to their competitive nature."

    And that nature won't let them be satisfied with any mid-season win streak.
    Instead, the Falcons have their eyes set on the postseason.


"Keep rolling," Short said. "Take one game at a time. Keep pushing."

"We like the big stage," Barnes said. "We want to be on that stage. We know how to react to it. So, when it comes, we'll be ready."
 

The Falcons start conference play Friday when they host Tremont.


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