Archive for Thursday, December 16, 2004

Bobcats’ leading scorer plays final game

December 16, 2004

The Basehor-Linwood High School boys basketball team took a big hit this week, as they learned they will soon be without junior forward Jordan Fuqua.

Fuqua told BLHS coach Mike McBride about his departure this Monday, and the magnitude of the loss set in immediately.

"Jordan is the kind of guy that you wanted your little kids to watch and look up to," McBride said. "It's hard to accept it, but we have to move on."

Fuqua, in only his first year at BLHS, was scarcely around for one semester but left his mark on the school in a big way.

From coaches to teachers to fellow students, Fuqua was liked by all. Everyone agreed that losing Fuqua the person would be much harder than losing Fuqua the basketball player.

And the entire ordeal has been difficult for Fuqua, as well.

"This was really hard for me, because everyone really accepted me and took me in," Fuqua said. "The seniors especially made me feel welcome."

Fuqua averaged about 15 points a game and scored 17 in the Bobcats' first game against Pleasant Ridge, leading the Bobcats to their first win of the season.

In his last game as a Bobcat, it was almost fitting that he took the last shot of the game in a losing effort against Lansing on Tuesday. He scored the first bucket of the second half and heaved a half court shot that just fell short to end the game.

Following his final shot, most of the student body began chanting his name and ran to the bench to show their support. Most of them waited until he came out of the locker room to say their goodbyes.

Fuqua was met by an entourage of friends and fellow players, all wanting to get one last hug or a picture to remember this great player and friend.

Having difficulty complying, the broken-hearted junior denied no one the request of one more photo and smiled for the cameras in only the way that Fuqua could.

"I really thought this is where I was going to graduate, but it seems like the right thing for my family," Fuqua said. "I'm just going to miss a lot of people."

With a six-hour drive in front of him, that very night, he said his final goodbyes and headed out the door.

The Fuquas will be moving to Weewoka, Okla., and because of his speedy departure, Fuqua will still be able to play basketball this season.

Fuqua has moved around for most of his life, so he is used to having to pack up and go. But according to Fuqua, that doesn't make it any easier.

"I wanted to tell the guys to keep it up, keep fighting," Fuqua said. "They're getting better and I just want them to stay strong."

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