When the Johnson County Tournament was reintroduced in 2004-05, the idea was to restore at least some of the local passion for boys basketball that had steadily eroded in the post-single-class era.
By nearly any measure, the 2012-13 event succeeded on that front and in a big way.
Games were close, several were thrillers, and the championship was there for anybody’s taking — from the smallest school to the largest.
And as evidenced by attendance, near-capacity crowds for the semifinal and championship rounds, fans were stoked.
Most would agree they got their money’s worth, even if their team didn’t get the trophy.