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Pickle Classic history: 20 years ago

By MOC Sports Information
Published in Sports on November 15, 2006 1:48 PM

Tournament Most Valuable Player Martin Bellamy scored 29 points and hit two free throws with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Mount Olive to an 84-80 victory over Coker in the championship game of the 21st Annual Pickle Classic.

After Coker tied the game at the buzzer to force overtime, John Simmers' jumper with 1:28 remaining in the extra period broke an 80-80 tie and put the Trojans ahead to stay. Bellamy iced the game with his two free throws.

Mount Olive advanced to the championship game with a 96-76 victory over Newport News Apprentice in the first round. Bellamy scored 27 points in the game, which was marred by four technical fouls against Newport News.

Coker defeated Mars Hill 92-78 in the first round. Mars Hill took the consolation game with an 86-65 victory over Newport News Apprentice. Coker would return to the Pickle Classic the following year with first-year (and current) head coach Dan Schmotzer.

Also in 1986


Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates shortly after launch, killing all seven crew members and halting space shuttle program for more than two years ... Crew member Christa McAuliffe had been selected as the first school teacher to go into space ... Soviet Union launches Mir space station ... Martin Luther King Day becomes a federal holiday...Oliver North implicated in Iran-Contra Affair in which arms were sold to Iran and funds delivered to the Contras, a guerrilla organization in Nicaragua ... Democrats regain control of Senate after losing majority in 1980 elections ... An estimated five million people form a human chain as "Hands Across America" raises money to fight hunger and homelessness ... "National Hugging Day" first observed on Jan. 21 ... Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier ("Baby Doc") flees country, ending 28 years of family rule ... Centennial of Statue of Liberty's dedication is celebrated.


Actor Danny Aiello stars in Madonna's video for "Papa Don't Preach" ... Sammy Hagar replaces David Lee Roth and Van Halen has first-ever No. 1 album ... Genesis ("Invisible Touch") and former Genesis member Peter Gabriel ("Sledgehammer") both notch first-ever No. 1 singles ... Janet Jackson takes "Control" of her career as a superstar ... Same title/different songs: "I Can't Wait" by Stevie Nicks, "I Can't Wait" by NuShooz ... Also on the airwaves: "West End Girls," "The Way it Is" and "You Give Love a Bad Name" ... Season 8 finale of Dallas ends with Pam Ewing finding Bobby Ewing in the shower (Bobby Ewing "died" at the end of the previous season) ... In Season 9 opener, Bobby tells Pam that Season 8 was all a dream, which may explain why there's no Season 8 DVD ... Three of four Monkees reunite for new album and concert tour...Fox Broadcasting Company debuts with "Late Night With Joan Rivers" ... "The Oprah Winfrey Show" makes its national television debut ... Also debuting on the tube: "L.A. Law," "Matlock," "ALF" and "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" ... Tom Cruise soars in "Top Gun"..."Crocodile Dundee" makes "G'day mate" a household phrase ... Also in the theaters: "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Hoosiers," "Back to School" and "Howard the Duck."


Two words: Bill Buckner ... Boston Red Sox snatch defeat from jaws of victory in World Series loss to New York Mets ... 6-foot-9 Larry Bird wins NBA 3-Point Shooting Contest ... 5-foot-7 Spud Webb wins NBA Slam Dunk Contest ... Boston Celtics defeat Houston Rockets to win third NBA title in six years ... All-American basketball player Len Bias dies of cocaine overdose less than 48 hours after being selected by the Boston Celtics as the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft ... "Never Nervous" Pervis Ellison leads Louisville to NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship ... No. 11 seed LSU becomes lowest seed to reach Final Four, a feat duplicated by George Mason 20 years later ... Chicago Bears "Super Bowl Shuffle" their way to 46-10 victory over New England in Super Bowl XX ... Vinny Testeverde wins Heisman Trophy ... Diego Maradona and Argentina defeat West Germany 3-2 in World Cup Final at Mexico City ... Montreal defeats Calgary in first All-Canadian NHL Stanley Cup final since 1967 ... Mike Tyson becomes youngest heavyweight boxing champion ... Jack Nicklaus becomes oldest Master's champion ... Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova both win Wimbledon and U.S. Open championships ... Inaugural Goodwill Games held in Moscow.

Born in 1986

LPGA golfer Paula Creamer, French Open tennis champion Rafael Nadal, actresses Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan, actor Justin Berfield ("Reese" on "Malcolm in the Middle"), "Baby Jessica" Jessica McClure and twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.