GARY | It was during a decisive run late in the first half when someone from the Dyer Nursing Home Thunder noticed the direction the tripod-propped video cam was pointing.
"If you want to capture the highlights of the game, you might want to turn the camera to that end of the floor," the player said as his team opened up a double-digit lead over the Sebo's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Ravens June 15 at the Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center in the deciding Game 5 of a basketball series the facilities' employees organized.
"We wanted to do something to start a friendly competition between us," said Sebo's captain Boris Bowie, who helped create the series.
"Hopefully, will can get other (nursing homes) in the area to field teams so we can start a league in October," said Bowie, who recorded a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) in a 71-70 Ravens win the week before to even the series at 2-2.
At the start of Game 5, the Ravens jumped out to an 11-4 lead while controlling the offensive glass for several second-chance points. But then the Thunder began to seize the open court with its defensive pressure, and addled the Ravens' zone with a barrage of 3-point shots.
In the end, the Thunder won 81-62.
Leading the way for the Thunder was Merrillville grad Isaiah Wilson.
"We have great chemistry once we get going," said Wilson, who was a senior guard on the Pirates' 2013 semistate team. "It's just a fun group of guys."
Wilson was in process of signing on for a local college team to continue his career.
"It's going to happen," Wilson said of playing college, "it's just a matter of getting things together."
Leading all scorers with (unofficially) 30 points was Marcus Bailey of the Ravens.
Bailey played on the 2007 E.C. Central Class 4A state championship team, a squad that included future NBA player E'Twaun Moore and 2013 NFL draft pick Kawaan Short.
Bailey, whose name was Marcus Johnson with the Cardinals, still hopes for some glory of his own.
"I didn't play (in college) after high school," said Bailey, who was the Ravens' leading scorer in three of the five games. "I never was presented the opportunity.
"I still think I have a chance to play somewhere (professionally). I just need to get noticed. Until then, I'll play with these guys.
Though it was slated as a best-of-five series, Bowie was petitioning to extend the series to best-of-seven.
"I'm hoping to play some more," he said.