Friday, January 8, 2010

Moshier: Winning by 135 points shameful

Many, many years ago, I was the senior captain of a high school boys basketball team that almost always lost, too many times by very large margins. I know what it feels like.

 

Those lopsided losses were bad enough, but that senior season would have been worse if not for opposing coaches like the late Dick White of Cooperstown and New York Mills legend Mike Tomassetti. Fortunately for us, they showed some class and called off the dogs.

 

Greg Wise didn’t, and he wasn’t offering up any apologies after his Yates High School boys basketball team set a Texas scoring record while embarrassing Lee High School 170-35.

 

Instead, Wise spoke of his defending state championship team – ranked No. 2 in the nation by MaxPreps and No. 5 by ESPN – being “on the national stage.” Maybe that’s at the root of this evil. Do we really need national rankings for high school basketball teams? And if so, should Wise and his team really be rewarded for its (or his) wrongdoing?

 

Yates, now 14-0 and riding a 39-game winning streak, was leading 100-12 at halftime. Those 100 first-half points, a state record and the second-most ever scored in a boys game, and that 88-point lead apparently weren’t enough. Yates played all 15 players, but reportedly continued to press in the second half.

 

It’s no wonder Lee coach Jacques Armant thought his team was “disrespected.” It’s a wonder he didn’t throw in the towel and pull his team off the court in a second half that was marred by a third-quarter fight.

 

Wise said his team is trying to win another state championship, and he told the Houston Chronicle “we can’t get that unless we are continuing to get better and perfect our game.”

 

But what good can come from a 135-point win? For all the wrong reasons, it should keep Wise and Yates on the “national stage.” Let’s hope so.

 

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