Now that the NBA and the college ranks have adopted an instant replay variation, allowing them to check for game/shot clock violations and other anomalies, it appears as if high school basketball is in desperate need of such an alteration as well. Just ask the Flyers of Franklin County, Kentucky. The state of Kentucky is currently in the process of seeding their high Sweet Sixteen tournament; something that’s done with regional tournaments where the respective winners advance to the state championship.
In one of the quarterfinal games, Franklin County played Lexington powerhouse Henry Clay, and it looked like the Flyers would advance, thanks to a last-second shot that clearly went in before the game clock expired.
Unfortunately, the referees waved the shot off, saying it happened after time ran out — something the video shows as false. Unfortunately, there’s no instant replay in Kentucky high school basketball, and, because of that, a team is being punished due to in-game officials making a horrible game-deciding call. In fact, the call was so poor, the crew should be punished for their mistake. Editorials aside, it’s obvious high school basketball needs to catch up with their big-league counterparts, because there’s no reason those kids should suffer because three referees don’t believe what their eyes told them.
This is all over the tubes this morning, but I thought I’d share anyway. The video depicts an ugly, ugly brawl between two Alabama high schools that started on the basketball court but ended up in the stands. The game was a state tournament match up between Carver-Montgomery High School and Valley High School and the fracas started when two players from each team — Carver’s Roquez Johnson and Valley’s Enrique Florence — got in a shoving match.
Introducing Patrick Thibodeau, who, as pointed out by Bootlegger Sports (via Deadspin), represents what’s right about sports. Not agents or talk of steroids or contract disputes. No, Patrick’s story demonstrates the beauty sports can produce. You see, Patrick was born with Down’s syndrome and has been the manager for his basketball team — the Greely High Rangers — since his freshman year.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed whenever you have a night that yields a great basketball highlight, it isn’t limited to just one. Take, for instance, Zam Fredrick’s heroics. Normally, that would have been Play of the Day material (it still is), but for some reason, the rest of the basketball world decided to contribute to the memorable plays pile. Teams like Marshall and OKC’s Jeff Green got in on the act.
However, this double alley-oop video might just be the basketball highlight of the day. I’ve been watching college basketball for over 20 years now, and I don’t recall seeing anything quite like what is going on in the lead video. One alley-oop per possession is the norm, but not here. No, the creative coach called for not one, but two alley-oop passes on the same play and viola: you have a basketball highlight to remember.
Added bonus: The play happened in a high school game. I wonder how long before college coaches add this little wrinkle to their repertoire? H/t to Hot Clicks for the find.
Yes, this has been around the `sphere a great deal today, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be acknowledged here. What we have is the 6 foot, 2 inch J.J. Ross delivering one of the best dunks ever, high school kid or not… off the bounce, no less:
Sure a little luck helped, but J.J. timed his jump and subsequent catch perfectly.
It’s not often you get to talk about high school basketball in sports blogs—it’s even rarer to talk about high school basketball played by military dependents stationed overseas—but then again, it’s not often you see an 8-2 final score — after two halves and 36 minutes of basketball later.
But thanks to the Lancers of RAF Lakenheath, we were allowed to revisit the days of Chuck Taylor basketball. After getting crushed by SHAPE High School, 64-24 the day before, the Lancers thought the second game of the double-header would be better played and more winnable by using a hold-the-ball attack. And that’s exactly what they did.