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Yates High: Still running up the score

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As if it weren’t enough to keep running and pressing so it could score a state-record 170 points in a 135-point squeaker over Lee High, Houston’s Yates High boys basketball team cemented its reputation as the worst sports in the world Jan. 20 in its failed attempt to get a 12th straight game with more than 100 points. Nothing was at stake except looking more badass to move up from a lowly No. 3 in the USA Today Super 25 national high school ranking, but Yates played the fourth quarter as if it were down 20 points instead of up 20.

From the Houston Chronicle:

Scoring six points with 1:30 remaining in a basketball game may sound like an attainable goal, but for Yates, it was mission impossible.

Unable to log its 12th 100-point plus game for the season, the Lions, ranked No. 3 in the nation on USA Today’s Super 25, had to settle for a 94-64 win over Westbury Wednesday night at Barnett Stadium. …

With less than three minutes to go, [Brandon] Peters broke away for a crowd-pleasing, 360-degree dunk to push the Lions’ total to 84.

From that point on, Yates employed a strategy of their own: immediately foul on the inbounds play. Westbury went to the free-throw line seven times in that span, giving the Lions plenty of opportunities to pad their point total to triple-digits, but missed shots and broken plays tripped them up as the clock wound down.

I couldn’t imagine being more bush-league than merely running up the score on a hapless team for a state record, but Yates coach Greg Wise clearly has an imagination far more active than mine. Fouling to stop the clock so you can get 100? What, does everyone in the crowd get a chalupa if you hit triple digits?

I applaud the professionalism of Westbury coach John Howie, who had his team play hard as if it were a real basketball game in those last 90 seconds. I would have been tempted to make a mockery of a mockery, say by having my team stand around and let Yates score, or intentionally clanging free throws, or having me, a la Slap Shot, run around the court and strip down to my skivvies.

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Eric Nystrom raised $30,000 for charity with his strip for the Quad City Flames in 2008, and guaranteed himself a place on the short list to play Ned Braden in any Slap Shot, ugh, reboot.


Written by rkcookjr

January 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm

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  1. This team must be stopped. Too bad there are really no rules for running up the score on your opponent and being assholes to everyone.

    Josh Claywell

    January 22, 2010 at 1:16 am

  2. Josh — What’s going to happen is that someday someone is going to undercut a Yates play, or push him from behind, or start something out of frustration. It sort of happened in the Lee game, but I’m thinking something much more vicious. This Yates coach is playing with fire.

    Bob Cook

    January 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

  3. I am surprised that these leagues have no “mercy” rules. The leagues rec and catholic school leagues that I coach on have a number of mercy rules, such as no fast breaks and no defense outside of the three point line once the lead is more than 20. Even NJB has similar kinds of mercy rules.


    January 23, 2010 at 2:45 am

  4. Mercy rule? What kind of Communist are you? 🙂

    I’ve seen it suggested elsewhere that the refs could have thwarted this by calling intentional fouls, so Yates couldn’t have gotten the ball back. However, the refs are stuck because if they were the sort of slap fouls that don’t get called intentional at game’s end, then you can’t call those against Yates just because they’re reprehensible.

    Bob Cook

    January 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm

  5. You stay classy, coach Wise.

    Jody DiPerna

    January 25, 2010 at 11:14 am

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