Before Indiana adopted its class tournament, teams from all sizes of schools competed against one another for the state title. In 1954, Milan, with an enrollment of 161, defeated Muncie Central (enrollment 1,662) 32-30 on a last-second shot by Bobby Plump.
The film includes footage from the game, clips of interviews from 11 of the players and footage of the following day’s celebration, where an estimated 40,000 people descended upon Milan, a town of 1,000.
Basketball enthusiasts from all over the United States sent messages of congratulations, and the team’s season was the basis for the movie “Hoosiers,” which relived the David versus Goliath event.
A trailer may be viewed at www.milan54.org; the full version may be purchased by calling 812-654-2772.