The final score is all that matters to some sports fans.

For some, life is all about wins and losses.

The youngsters who suit up for the Carroll County and Trimble County basketball teams want to win as much as anyone. And when they play each other, the drive to win is even greater.

That rivalry took an unusual twist Tuesday night.

Carroll County's Dallas Gibson scored the 1,000th point of his four-year high school career.

That alone is impressive. But, it's how Gibson achieved that feat that impressed us.

He couldn't have done it without the help of the rival Raiders from Trimble County.

Earlier this year, Gibson suffered a torn ACL, and that - everyone thought - ended his senior season ... 14 points short of 1,000 points.

Trimble County head coach John Leep III has known Gibson since the 6-foot-4 standout was a middle schooler. Leep was Gibson's middle school coach before he left last season to take the varsity job at Trimble County.

He, as much as anyone, wanted to see Gibson score 1,000 points.

And, he devised a plan to make it happen.

With the approval of school administrators at both schools and his own players, Leep proposed that the first 28 points of the game would go quickly and uncontested.

A hobbling Gibson would sink seven shots to get the 14 points and Trimble would get the 14 points it needed to keep the game tied.

Gibson left the floor to applause and the game continued.

Carroll County Coach Carroll Yager knew some traditionalists wouldn't approve of the plan. But, he said, if they knew Gibson they might change their minds.

Yes, some might questions the authenticity of the achievement, but we believe the sportsmanship shown by the young men from Carroll and Trimble counties trumps the points.

We suspect young Dallas Gibson will always remember the 1,000 points he scored playing for the Panthers. But, we suspect he'll be even more proud of the respect he was shown by his rivals just down the road.