Raytown’s Tyronn Lue drives around Central’s Derek Hood in the Missouri Class 4 state quarterfinals in Kansas City, Missouri on March 4, 1995.
I remember exactly where I was on March 4, 1995. I was photographing the Missouri Class 4 state quarterfinals basketball game between the Raytown Blue Jays and the Central Blue Eagles. The game featured two blue chips: Raytown’s Tyronn Lue and Central’s Derek Hood. They were both Division I players.
Many people say it was the greatest high school basketball game ever seen. Raytown was 27-0 and ranked as the state’s No.1 team and Central was ranked No. 3. The game was played at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. 10,000 fans packed the arena and many more were turned away at the doors. It was the largest crowd to ever watch a high school basketball game in Kansas City. After double overtime, Central beat Raytown 80-73 to advance to the semifinals.
Following high school, Lue played at Nebraska and then for several NBA teams. Currently, he plays for the Orlando Magic. Hood starred at Arkansas and also played for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and the CBA’s Yakima Sun Kings.
I’ve shot many basketball games in Municipal Auditorium since 1995 including Big 12 Conference and NAIA championships. But every time I step inside Municipal, I always remember that Missouri Class 4 state quarterfinals game. It was the greatest high school basketball game ever. . . March 4, 1995.