Top 5 games of 2013: No. 5 — Guyer vs. Denton, boys basketball

Justin Griffin (left) and the rest of Guyer's boys basketball team topped DeRodney Thomas and Denton in one of the top five games in 2013.

Each year, there are a few games that make you forget about everything else that was going on before you took your spot in the bleachers. Among the vast amount of blowouts and lopsided wins, some of the area’s high schools gave us some great contests in 2013.

So from now until New Year’s Eve, I’ll bring you the top five games of the year. We’ll finish up with the game of the year on Dec. 31.

Today we’ll start with No. 5, Guyer and Denton’s boys basketball game in January.

January 25, 2013
Guyer 55, Denton 51

Coming into this game, Denton was tied with Guyer and Trophy Club Nelson atop the District 5-4A standings. Guyer and Denton both had really good squads, and Guyer won the first meeting between the two teams.

There was a lot of hype about this contest. Denton had won six straight district games and the matchup carried huge playoff implications.

I was covering Lake Dallas-Nelson that night and was receiving updates from Adam Boedeker, who was covering the Guyer-Denton affair.  After Nelson wrapped up the win, I jetted from Lake Dallas to Guyer.

I found my way into the building and slipped in through one of the gym’s side doors to catch the game’s final minutes.

The atmosphere was phenomenal. The only thing I can compare it to was last season’s 3A Region II girls basketball tournament in Commerce, where Krum advanced to the state tournament.

Guyer scored the game’s first 12 points, but Denton rallied and took a 27-25 lead into halftime. Guyer regained the lead in the second half and in held off the Broncos, who trimmed the deficit to two points in the game’s closing minutes.

It was close throughout the whole fourth quarter, and Guyer shooting guard Miles Crawford scored 10 of his team-high 12 points in the fourth quarter.

Boedeker said the top level of the bleachers at Wildcat Gymnasium, which are usually empty, were near capacity on each side. Both teams went on to reach the playoffs and both teams lost in the area round of the postseason.

There were so many things that made this game special.

Both teams were from Denton and tied for first in the district standings. Both squads put on terrific performance.

But most of all, the game was played in front of sets of bleachers filled with raucous fans from all over town. Some were there to cheer on their respective teams, while others were just there just to see what all the hype was about.

If they came for a show, nobody left feeling disappointed.

“I’m very proud to be a part of Denton basketball in this atmosphere,” Long said after the game. “It was a great atmosphere and that’s how Denton basketball is supposed to be. It was two great teams battling it out. They fought and battled and battled, and we did the same thing.

“They’d hit us and we’d come right back and hit them back. It was a fight all night long. It was a great game and fun to be a part of.”