Danny Bell never imagined athletic success in his future prior to reaching high school. An undersized kid, Bell stayed away from sports until his freshman year at Flowery Branch High, when he joined up with the wrestling program.
MACON-It was over for Laney two minutes and 13 seconds from the time it began.
Led by Blanche Alverson's five points, Buford went on a 10-0 run over the first two minutes of the game en route to a 27-point first quarter and a 68-42 rout of Laney in the Class AA state semifinals at the Macon Centreplex.
He didn't have to take the penalty. His opponent wasn't going to report the infraction and hesitated to even bring it up. North Hall golfer Jimmy Lloyd could have accepted the out he was offered and gone on with his round in Tuesday's Hall County Championship.
With the exception of playing in the state semifinals for the first time since 2002, the intensified media coverage, and the decorations around every corner reminding them to "Take State," the week hasn't really been that different for the Gainesville High boys' basketball team.