Sun Jan 11 19:43:42 PST 2009
Reporter: Matt Blanchette
Kansas High School Needs a Shot Clock
I witnessed a disappointing event Friday when I attended the Manhattan against Hayden boys basketball game. I was expecting a rematch of the defending 4A state champion Wildcats against the 6A Indians, the only team that beat them a year ago.
Instead, I witnessed a disgrace to the game of basketball.
Hayden scored on the opening tip and did not touch the basketball for the rest of the first quarter, as the Indians were content to spread the court and pass the ball around for 7 minutes and 57 seconds.
Tim Brooks should be ashamed and issue and apology to his players and fans.In effect, he said, "we do not have the talent to beat the Wildcats straight up."
I feel bad for the players who have trained so hard to play basketball at the high school varsity level, and were not even allowed to attempt a shot in the first quarter.
I hope to use this time to encourage KSHAA to adopt a shot clock to prevent strategies like this from happening and preserve the integrity of a game that we all love so much.
It does not even have to be a 35 second shot clock. 60 at the least. This was the most egregious misuse of the clock I have seen, but it happens all the time, especially at the end of games. When a team is up 3 with 2:30 to go, it will attempt to hold the ball. This is just not the way the game was intended to be played. High school athletes and coaches are very much capable of using the shot clock. I have spoken to coaches in the area, and in other states I have worked in that have yet to adopt a shot clock, and they have almost all agreed with me.