Jan 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT
Setting a state scoring record in high school basketball can be fun, if the other team is relatively competitive. But Houston’s Yates High School is taking some heat at this hour for its 170-35 win over Lee High School on Tuesday night; a game which included a fight, and featured Yates continuing to press the whole way, albeit with second- and third-stringers toward the end. The halftime score? That would be 100-12. Both the final and halftime results were single-game state scoring records.
So, is the Yates coach wracked with remorse? Nope. He’s defending his team’s Little Bighornesque victory.
From the Houston Chronicle:
In the third quarter, a fight erupted after an intentional foul was called on a Lee player. After breaking up the fight, the referees told both coaches they would have to play just five players the remainder of the game. The other players for both teams spent the rest of the second half sitting in the stands.
“I feel very disrespected right now,” Lee coach Jacques Armant said. “I don’t understand why Yates just kept scoring and pressing when they were up so much. These are kids. It isn’t good to do that to other young men.”
Well, I would tend to agree. At what point does it stop being a high school basketball game, and starting being a mugging? Well, they stole the ball again … and hey! My underwear’s missing!
Last season, the Lions went 34-1 on the way to winning the Class 4A state championship. The one loss was a 78-76 decision to Elsik in the Houston Independent School District Tournament. That night, coach Greg Wise said he let his kids down by telling them to put on the brakes.
According to a commenter, Yates was up by nine in that game when they “put on the brakes.” What? Who lets up in a three-possession game? Dummkopf.
“We practice running, pressing, trapping every day,” he said. “If we get to a game and I tell them not to do what we do in practice, I am not coaching well. I am not leaving my starters in the whole game. We have 15 guys, and all 15 play.”
Wise said he shouldn’t have to tell his “third line” they can’t go out and score.
“They work really hard in practice, and when they go in, they deserve the chance to play hard and compete, too,” Wise said. “We are looking for another state championship, and we can’t get that unless we are continuing to get better and perfect our game. We aren’t scoring on other teams out of disrespect.”
Wise also possibly disagrees with the kneel-down play in football, and the concept of taking prisoners in war.
Yates sets Texas scoring record in 170-35 win [Houston Chronicle]
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