HAMMOND | Griffith coach Gary Hayes had a smile on his face after Wednesday night's opening win over Hammond, 49-41, in the Class 3A sectional.
He was laughing a little about his two sophomore twins – 6-foot-4 Anthony Murphy and 6-foot-5 Tremell Murphy.
Hayes was talking about other great sets of twins in Hoosier Hysteria history. Like Dick and Tom Van Arsdale of Indianapolis Manuel fame.
“They used to switch uniforms all the time,” Hayes said. “I just need to get (Anthony) to grow a little first.”
The Murphys are not the Van Arsdales. They are not Arley or Harley Andrews (Terre Haute Gerstmeyer) either.
Fact is, the Murphys are natives of Chicago, where most think Michael Jordan was greater than Larry Bird.
Folks from our state, of course, know that that way of thinking is wrong.
“These guys were babies last year,” Hayes said of his star 10th graders.
Michelle Smith, “The Twins” mother, played basketball at Chicago Julian. Tremelle Murphy Sr., their father, played at Chicago Crane, then UIC.
The dad was playing pro ball in Spain and had to hurry home to see the double-vision birth.
“When they were babies, whenever I'd go in to see them they were always touching each other,” Smith said. “They're twins. They didn't want to be apart.”
Without a roster it would've been hard to tell the two apart. It seems they spend a third of the game on the floor, sliding for lose balls, crashing into the brick walls at the Hammond Civic Center.
“They always go 120 percent,” Murphy Sr. said. “They play hard.”
Anthony scored nine with eight rebounds. Tremell scored nine with nine rebounds and four blocks.
Almost a double-double.
Interviewing “The Twins” is hysterical. Just like in a Hollywood movie, they finish each other's sentences.
“Coach wants us to play up,” Tremell said.
“Like juniors,” Anthony finished.
“My mom and dad were always there for me supporting,” Anthony said.
“There for us,” Tremell added.
“We always finish each others ...” Anthony said.
“Sentences,” Tremell concluded.
The future for these two super sophs is so bright, I've got to put on some shades. You, too. They are not perfect, but very good.
A double-double may not be enough on Friday night. Bowman Academy pounded Lighthouse in the second game on Wednesday.
A Griffith win could move the Murphys closer to the Van Arsdales and Andrews. One thing is sure, it's going to be huge.
“We've been waiting for this,” Anthony said.
“All year,” Tremell said. “It's the biggest...”
“Game of the year,” Anthony added.