Yates High: Still running up the score
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.
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.