People, this is not a case of a strategic "four corner stall" here.
Brighton literally stood at mid-court and held the ball for 12 minutes. They did
not dribble, pass, or do anything other than just stand there. Some
of you old timers are envisioning this amazing strategic plan that may have
worked back in 1965. Throw it all out the window people, Brighton STOOD STILL
and held the ball. That is it. They did NOTHING strategic.It was
unsportsmanlike and a complete mockery of the game of basketball.
just because it's been done a lot in the past doesn't deem it as
sportsmanlike... it's one thing to keep passing the ball around running the
clock, but when you deliberatly(spelling?) stop play and hold the ball and do
NOTHING is completely unsportsmanlike...it shows an attitude of quitting, which
can be classified as unsportsmanlike as cheating in some situations.
I don't get why people think it's bad sportsman ship to play the old 4
corners hold the ball game. No one called Dean Smith a poor sportsman when he
did this regularly back in the 70's. he won a lot of games.
Basketball is entertainment not holding a ball for 11 minutes. Boring, Boring,
BORING. You see if you don't entertain people will stop coming to the
games. No people no sport. If your going to lose might as well sweat a little
bit get some exercise and have fun doing it. It's not always about winning
it's about getting better and entertaining the crowd.
I went to several HS Basketball games this year and although I didn't
witness a team hold the ball and stall for 11 minutes, I did see multiple games
where posessions went over the 4 minute mark. This isn't a
"strategy" it is an admission that our athletes can't compete with
yours and therefor we have zero chance of beating you without sticking it to the
student athletes, student sections, parents, etc. What this adds up to is the
UHSAA has to put in a shot clock for next season. It simply is time and overdue.
Fans do not want to come to the games and watch great student athletes hold the
ball at the top of the key. They want to see these athletes get up and down the
court and compete every posession. Not too mention, those who are lucky enough
to continue their education through athletics in college will be better
but one of the important purposes of sports is to help people get exercise and
they didn't get very much exercise in the second quarter.
You play to win the game. Bightons best chance to win was to slow it down. I
would have held the ball when they were up at the very beginning tho.That would
have put the pressure on lp.
It is simply strategy and ultimately it didn't work. LP advances.I remember the days of Loyola Maramount and how they would score 150 points.
They played Alabama in the NCAA tournament and Wimp Sanderson tried to slow down
the game and hold the ball. And it nearly worked. But it was the strategy that
gave his team the best chance to win. The Brighton kids aren't egotist
dummies, they know they had no chance playing straight up and their coach gave
them the best chance to win. Again, like said above. Ron Abbeglen
did the same thing in the early 1970's. Heck he slowed down the game
against NC at Weber to stun them in the tourney. And heck Dean Smith invented
the four corners to try to beat John Wooden and UCLA...
It was lame. Earlier in the year LP beat Brighton by 20 at the Knights court.
Looks like this strategy or lack of it got the Bengals beat worse by 26. Guess
it didn't work. Hope the UHSAA can get some fortitude and put in a shot
clock like college has and most other states do for HS.
Wonder what the message was during the coaches pre-game locker room talk was
like..... You guys can not beat this team so lets not try. Lets just hold
the ball. I want my 8 dollars back.
Perhaps no one is old enough to remember...Ron Abagelen coaching an
undersized team against a power team in the state in 1972...the
score was 5-2 at the half and Abagelen's team went on to win...And Abagelen went to Weber State as a head coach...The Brighton
coach had the right idea....I would have used the old Missouri W
offense of Norm Stewart...With no clock this is the only way to beat
a power team...Great coaching...0-0 for a quarter was
very cool...the game is about the players - NOT the fans...It is a sport...It is not about entertainment...I
appreciated the nature of the strategy...
There is no excuse for the poor sportsmanship required to hold the ball for over
a quarter. It was a disservice to the players and fans. Lewis made the right
call by letting the Bengals embarrass themselves and not react.