CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Greg Zimmerman sat on the bench inside the Charleston Civic Center with 2:44 left of Thursday's West Virginia Conference tournament quarterfinal matchup between Alderson-Broaddus and Glenville State.
Zimmerman, the longtime A-B coach, grimaced as he extended his right leg while forward Adam Kline shot free throws on his end of the court. Zimmerman pulled the leg of his dress pants up to the knee and a trainer hurriedly wrapped his calf.
Later, after Alderson-Broaddus outlasted Glenville State, 82-69, to advance to today's semifinals, Zimmerman limped down the hall in the bowels of the Civic Center and passed Glenville State Coach Stephen Dye.
"I don't feel sorry for you, coach," Dye said.
These two go way back.
Thursday was the final opportunity for Dye to take down his former coach. Dye played for Zimmerman for four seasons from 2002-05, and together they won three WVC tournament championships and clinched four NCAA tournament berths. Dye set the NCAA record for 3-pointers made (444) during his four-year A-B career.
As coaches, however, Zimmerman has held the upper hand. A-B is a perfect 7-0 against Glenville State since Dye took over the program before the 2009-10 season. Now, with the WVC morphing into the Mountain East and A-B headed to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, the two have no scheduled meetings in the foreseeable future.
After A-B's 13-0 run late in Thursday's second half helped the Battlers put away the game, Zimmerman grabbed bragging rights indefinitely.
"That was probably on my mind too much, to be honest with you," Dye said of beating his former coach. "I wanted to get him. That's payback hurting his leg. I about broke my ankle one time and he told me to stop being soft. I don't feel sorry for him at all. I wanted to get him and this is the last time we're playing.
"I told him 'Until you leave, I'm not scheduling you guys.' I wanted to win the last one."
That looked possible after Glenville State (13-16) erased an early eight-point second-half deficit to tie it on a floater by D.J. Blanks with 15:04 left of the game.