I, like most photogs, started off shooting ambient! High School gyms aren't the best when it comes to lighting so there was, what I call, post op work! Too much time spent on color adjustments and noise reduction, etc. Then tried on camera flash, which in MHO, is the worst. Hard, direct light...more bothersome to the players and RED EYE!! So, I moved up to strobes. I used a Norman Series lighting system but this was too much work, trying to move the lights at halftime, since I had to plug in to the Norman Power pack. Up my game to ABs 800 with PWs and it was night and day. Anyone I talked to, they didn't realize the strobes were going off. When I shot at the Breslin Center (Mich St), the ambient was quite a bit better than your average HS but I don't get there too often. Here are some differences!
Ambient (Bresling Center)
Strobed (practice only)
Strobed (not allowed on the start)
Again...this is MHO! Andy