Johnny Carter has written a superb sports story – a first-year coach taking a small East Texas town to the state basketball championship. The book is a triumph of excitement, even exhilaration.
But yet the book is much more than a sports story. It is the story of young boys becoming men. It is the story of a basketball team uniting blacks and whites in an East Texas town in the racist 1960s. It is the story of a young coach and his basketball team coming to love each other.
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