California girls basketball team wins 161-2

California girls basketball team wins 161-2

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California girls basketball team wins 161-2

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San Bernardino (Calif.) Arroyo Valley’s girl’s basketball team beat Bloomington by a final score of 161-2 in a non-league game Monday.

“I didn’t expect them (Bloomington) to be that bad, I’m not trying to embarrass anybody,” coach Michael Anderson told the San Bernardino County Sun. “The game just got away from me.”

The Sun, citing the most recent California Southern Section record book, said the 161 points is the second-most in a girls basketball game in history in the area. Only Riverside Poly’s 179-15 victory against Riverside Norte Vista on Jan. 26, 1982, featured more points. That game is noted for the 105 points scored by legendary Cheryl Miller.

Arroyo Valley (14-1) already had won games this season by 73, 81, 74 and 98 points. Anderson said given the chance to do it over again, he would not have played the game at all. Bloomington had lost a game by 91 points this season.

“I have had a conversation with my coach about it and that kind of thing,” Arroyo Valley athletic director Matt Howell told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.  “It’s not going to happen again.”

Howell said disciplinary action against the coach was possible but he also expressed support for the coach.

Bloomington coach Dale Chung said his team trailed 104-1 at halftime and only got the ball past midcourt five or six times while Arroyo Valley used a full-court press. Arroyo moved to a half-court trap in the third quarter and then changed in the fourth quarter.

Anderson had asked officials to use a running clock to start the second half. The officials declined, but the running clock was implemented in the second half. Arroyo Valley did not play any starters in the second half and Anderson said he instructed his team not to shoot until seven seconds remained on the shot clock. Anderson pointed out that a bench player unexpectedly made eight of nine three-point attempts.

“I’ve known him for about seven years … He’s a great Xs and Os coach. Ethically? Not so much,” Chung told the Sun. “He knows what he did was wrong …”

“People shouldn’t feel sorry for my team. They should feel sorry for his team, which isn’t learning the game the right way.”

 

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