The Keller Central boys basketball team got a home win over Weatherford 59-54 on Friday night, but for head coach Gerald Sledge, it wasn’t a typical game.
Sledge ripped his pants, wrapped a towel around his waist and was able to coach the Chargers (11-14, 2-4 in District 3-6A) to a win.
After taking an 11-4 lead into the second quarter, Central’s margin was cut to three at halftime.
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Then one minute into the third quarter, the incident happened.
“My initial thoughts were ‘I have split my pants’ so I jumped up, pulled my pants tight to my body to close the seams and immediately sat down. I tried coaching from the chair, but if you ever seen me coach that’s impossible so I grabbed a towel, wrapped it around me and started coaching because I wasn’t coming out of the game and it was a lot easier to take with a win,” Sledge said.
Assistant coach Chad Farmer went into the office, grabbed another pair of pants and Sledge changed at the end of the third quarter with his Chargers leading 38-37.
“I wasn’t sure how much of my backside was exposed, but I didn’t want to share any of it with our faithful fans,” Sledge said. “I have been getting a few jokes about it saying things like ‘We like the Scottish kilt look coaching attire. At least you were matching.’ but most people that know me aren’t surprised that I kept coaching.”
The Chargers were able to hang on to defeat the Kangaroos as senior Jacob Reynolds scored a game-high 18 points. He added five rebounds, and freshman Latrell Jossell finished with 17 points and four steals. They sit in sixth place, but only a game out of a playoff spot as three teams are tied for third and fourth. They host Timber Creek on Tuesday night.