I am tired of high school basketball games ending up 32-29 and 38-34. Those were the final scores of boys sectional tournament games that I broadcast on the radio last Friday.
Don’t give me that the games were close at the end so it was exciting. In the second game, Continental spent much of its time on the offensive end dribbling the basketball near mid-court waiting for its opponent to come out and guard them.
Was the game of basketball invented to just dribble the basketball repeatedly? Wasn’t there a peach basket constructed as well to throw the ball into the basket?
Give me a shot clock please.
The shot clock came to college basketball after North Carolina legendary head coach Dean Smith and his “four corners of boredom” was prominent back in the 1980s.
And a shot clock may be coming to high school basketball in Ohio eventually.
Van Wert boys basketball head coach Dave Froelich is the second Past President of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association and is “personally in favor of a shot clock” and says the OHSBCA “is having an ongoing discussion about the possibility and it is creeping up in order of importance.”
Froelich says, “the National Federation does not allow a shot clock in high school basketball, but there are several states that are doing it anyway and liking the results.”
The problem with bringing in a shot clock according to Froelich: “A) the expense to schools; B) who runs the shot clock: is it an official. Is he or she paid? Is it a volunteer?”
If Ohio would go to a shot clock for high school hoops, Froelich believes it would be tied into changing a game into two halves instead of four quarters.
“It would help with the flow of the game no question,” according to the veteran head coach.
How many times do we watch high school teams try and take a final shot of a quarter and either turn the ball over, or get off an off balance shot or a desperation attempt.
You know scoring is down too. Froelich says his Van Wert team in 1975 averaged 75 points a game.
Now his Cougar coached teams are averaging 55 points a game “pretty consistently” the past several years.
I have yet to hear a fan say they are not in favor of a shot clock, but asking head coaches live on the radio this week, there were actually a couple of them who hesitated on the idea of one.
“Depends on the type of team we have,” was the biggest reason against the shot clock.
And Froelich admits, “coaches want to put their players in the best position to win the game, so depending on the opponent, you do what you have to do.”
After Continental beat Kalida on Friday night, I asked Pirates head coach Kevin Homier about being part of an ugly game. “I don’t care,” he said. “I did what we had to do to win, and we did.”
By the way, Homier didn’t have his players dribble near mid-court in their district semifinal game Tuesday night. His Pirates beat Upper Scioto Valley 58-29.
I don’t care about using the excuse that coaches want to put their players in the best position to win a game.
Think about the fans and the players. Watching a 32-29 game is like watching paint dry on a wall. Players want to play the game. Let them run up and down the court.
Shoot the basketball. Try and score points. That’s what we did when we first learned the game and played it as kids and that’s what we should all be doing now.
Shot clock, please.
Write or e-mail your high school basketball coach today.
OTHER KOZA THOUGHTS:
* I have got to comment on the Tressel controversy at Ohio State. I am stunned at the news that the veteran head coach was aware of his football players wrongdoing and didn’t go to his bosses until eight months later. It smells of everything that is wrong with college athletics today. Winning at all costs; the millions of dollars involved with a college football program like Ohio State. “In Tressel we trust?” Not to tell us the truth, apparently. Ouch.
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