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Paul Westhead just giggled, and doesn't know why.

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Chef2, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Chef2

    Chef2 Well-Known Member

    From the Houston Chronicle;

    The Yates High School boys basketball team set a state record and set itself up for controversy Tuesday night at Butler Fieldhouse.

    The Lions beat Lee High School 170-35, setting the single-game state scoring record. Hardin-Jefferson had owned the record of 166 points since 1992.

    But the Lions' brush with history was marred by a second-half scuffle and questions of sportsmanship.

    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.”

    Yates, which led 100-12 at halftime, is 14-0 this season and has won 39 consecutive games. The 100 points in the first half is also a state record and the second-most ever in a boys high school basketball game.

    It was the eighth time this season Yates scored more than 100 points and the sixth time the Lions won by more than 60 . It was the first time this season Yates' margin of victory topped 100.

    While the large margins of victory are turning heads, Yates coach Greg Wise said he isn't worried about his team's reputation.
    Defending state champs

    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, Wise said he let his kids down by telling them to put on the brakes.

    “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.”

    Despite Wise's intentions, Armant said other teams simply don't want to play Yates.

    “No coach wants to put his kids in a position to be embarrassed,” he said. “We have great kids on our team, hard workers, and I am proud that they played the whole game tonight, but you can see how coaches are hesitant to put their kids on the floor with a team that is going to score on them that way.”
    National record: 211

    The Lions could be on par to break more records this season. Yates is averaging 119 points per game. The national record is 114.6. Yates has reached the 100-point mark in three consecutive games. The national record for consecutive 100-point games is 14. The national single-game scoring record is 211 set by De Quincy (La.) Grand Avenue in 1964.

    The Lions are ranked No. 2 in the nation by MaxPreps and No. 5 by ESPN. They just returned from trips to Hawaii and Alabama for national tournaments.

    “We know what people say and some of it is negative, but I believe that Houston is an area that is great for boys basketball, and I believe we have been on the national stage this year and showed that there is a lot of good basketball here,” Wise said. “I think that is good for our team, our community and the Houston area.”
  2. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Can't say I'm surprised by that dateline.

    Texass Klass . . . with a Kapital K.

    You just wait for the day this oozing turd of a coach gets beat.
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I need to paint my fence. Can I borrow that broad brush of yours?
  4. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Not everyone in the Lone Star State is guilty, of course.

    But if you had to guess which state would house the culprit, going in . . . Texas was a
    Secretariat-sized favorite.
  5. mb

    mb Active Member

    Isn't this from a few weeks back, or is this the same team doing the same thing again?
  6. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Yeah, this is the same game from the most recent RUTS thread now four or five pages back.

    I will add this:

    If there's such a broad consensus on it, a) get the votes to throw them out of the league, or b) quit playing them -- pull your team off the floor.
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    D-B just giggled, too: http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/threads/75376/
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Original Chef would have paid attention. His clone ain't worth a flip...
  9. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    I remember covering a game in Woodward, Okla., when the Woodward girls were a national power. Final 45 seconds or so, Woodward is up 96-22. Woodward decides to foul intentionally twice to try to get to 100 points, keeping three starters in the game also. When they scored point 100 with 5 seconds left, the place eruped as if they won state.

    I'll never forget the looks on the faces of the team I covered. They were used to losing and losing bad. But to be humiliated like that?

    The losing coach told me the referees paid him a visit five minutes after the game in the locker room. They apologized and said they should have called intentional fouls. Too little too late, but that would have been funny had they actually done so.
  10. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    And not all Germans were Nazis
  11. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    What was stopping them? The rule book is very clear on penalties for intentional fouls.

    In addition, if in their judgment the fouls were in fact flagrant acts of unsportsmanlike conduct, there was really nothing stopping them from calling both intentional and technical fouls for the same action.

    Nothing more disingenuous than refs coming in with these fretful mournful looks on their faces and saying, "we should have done something to stop it."

    The refs are given basically unlimited authority in the rules to "make such decisions as they see fit" to ensure the game is played safely, fairly and with sportsmanship.

    (For that matter, the refs even have the authority to either suspend, end early, or forfeit the game if in their opinion either team [or their fans] is conducting itself in a blatantly dangerous, unfair or unsportsmanlike manner.)

    If you're that upset, do something about it. Otherwise, STFU.
  12. D-3 Fan

    D-3 Fan Active Member

    Ten years ago, a suburban school here in Des Moines drubbed one of the city schools in girls basketball, 98-6. The winning kept the starters in the game. The losing team didn't bitch, filed a complaint, or anything. They knew they sucked and they kept competing.
    Not one story or issue was brought up about it in the local news. It wasn't a big deal in their eyes.
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