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Biloxi basketball will go old-school Friday night

The old Biloxi High gymnasium, now the gym at Biloxi Junior High, will be the location of varsity games against Long Beach on Friday night. Tickets are $3. The Indians moved into their current gym 15 years ago.
The old Biloxi High gymnasium, now the gym at Biloxi Junior High, will be the location of varsity games against Long Beach on Friday night. Tickets are $3. The Indians moved into their current gym 15 years ago. Sun Herald File

Biloxi High Basketball coach Seber Windham will be taking a trip down memory lane on Friday night.

The Indians will host Long Beach in their old high school gymnasium, starting with the girls’ game at 6 p.m. The boys’ game will be played at 7:30 p.m.

It will be the first time since 2001 Biloxi has played in the old gym, which is currently Biloxi Junior High. Tickets are $3. The Indians moved into their current gym 15 years ago.

“We’re one of the fewer schools that still has their old basketball gym,” Windham said. “Athletic Director Tom Gladney and some of the older players talked about the atmosphere in the old gym. It was great. Gladney said, ‘why not have a game there. We scheduled the game.’”

The old gym is special to Windham, who played on the Indians’ team that won consecutive 5A state titles in 1989 and 1990 under coach Jackie Laird. He was also an assistant coach under John Pugh, who coached Biloxi to 5A state titles in 2001 and 2004. Windham also won a state crown as head coach in 2009.

“I’m excited because I never coached in that gym,” Windham said. “I have so many memories in the locker room with my teammates and Coach Laird. Now, I’ll be talking to my team in the locker room.”

Windham explained why the Indians chose Long Beach.

“We went with Long Beach because they’re sentimental to us,” Windham said. “Coach Laird and Long Beach Bob Cuccaro were good friends and golfing buddies. Coach Laird taught Cuccaro how to run our fastbreak.”

Jackie Laird has pride in former player and current Biloxi basketball coach, Seber Windham, who is leading the Indians team through a state tournament run in Jackson.

James Jones: 228-896-2320, @_jkjones

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