As they posed for family photos after the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star basketball game, Plainville’s Hadley Gillum leaded over to his cousin Kade Spresser of Hoxie and happily declared, ‘This is the last time we will have to play against each other.’
“We’re real close,” said Spresser. “So we wanted to go to the same spot, compete together be on the same team.”
But with Gillum in Plainville and Spresser in Hoxie, they haven’t had many opportunities.
“We’ve played summer ball together,” said Gillum. “ But we’ve never played together on an actual team.”
The All-Stars will finally get that chance this winter, since they both signed to continue their careers at Fort Hays State University in the fall.
“When we were little we were always like we’re going to play college ball together,” said Gillum. “But we never really thought much of it. After senior year we looked at it, he had Fort Hays in mind, I had Fort Hays in mind. It just worked out that way. It wasn’t fully because of each other, it’s just another great benefit to have.”
Basketball definitely runs in the family. Spresser averaged 20 points and ten rebounds, leading Hoxie to a runner up finish in Class 1A Division I. Gillum 21 points and 14 rebounds leading Plainville to a runner up spot in Class 2A.
The two play different positions, Spresser is a guard and Gillum plays in the post. But they still know where the other is on the court.
“I know that anytime he wants he can take it right at me, so I gotta be on my toes,” said Gillum. “But most of the time we are laughing, we are taking it serious but we are just enjoying the moment we get to have against each other.”
Spresser agrees the rivalry has been a friendly one.
“I like to talk a little trash on him sometimes,” said Spresser. “But I see him and I know what he’s got and he knows what I got. So it’s kind of a lose-lose for both of us.”
On Saturday night though it was Spresser getting the win over his cousin for the second time this season, as his White team picked up the 105-97 victory. His Hoxie team also beat Plainville during the regular season. Saturday writes the final chapter in this ‘Family Feud.’
“It’s going to be different because we always wanted to get back together,” said Spresser. “We haven’t played together since grade school so (playing at Fort Hays State) will be fun.”