Gaffney, S.C. was the place to be Tuesday 

February, 22, 2012
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GAFFNEY, S.C. -- It’s impossible to create the atmosphere that surrounds a major high school playoff game. The right mixture of teams, the setting and the stakes combine effortlessly to produce classic contests.

Two teams, deep into possible state title runs, clashed in front of a vociferous partisan crowd at Gaffney High School. It was one of those games you were happy to have attended, if lucky enough to get a ticket.

Sophomore L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) and his contingent outlasted Clemson-bound senior Jordan Roper (Irmo, S.C./Irmo) Tuesday night. Gaffney’s gym holds 1,800 but don’t tell the 2,000-plus in attendance that as they squeezed into “The Burial Ground” and took in a thriller.