(For The Win) — A girls high school basketball coach was suspended two games after his team, Arroyo Valley High School (San Bernadino, Calif.) beat the Bloomington, Calif. High School team 161-2.
That is a lot of points by which to win a basketball game.
“People shouldn’t feel sorry for my team. They should feel sorry for his team, which isn’t learning the game the right way,” Bloomington coach Dale Chung said.
Arroyo Valley head coach Michael Anderson said that he was suspended by his school after the game.
It’s hard to imagine how a game could get that out of control. Anderson said that he and Chung talked before the game, and Anderson made it clear he wanted his team to get a full half of good play in as a tune-up for Arroyo Valley’s next game, all of which he said Chung agreed to. Anderson then had his team run a full-court press for the entire first half, a half that ended with the score at 104-1.
It’s unclear why Anderson didn’t think that when his team got up by 60 or so he could maybe take the foot off the gas.
Only in the third quarter did Anderson take his starters out and instruct his players to not shoot until there was less than seven seconds remaining in the shot clock. The referees also went with a running clock in the fourth quarter, as they couldn’t any earlier in the game by state rules.
“It wasn’t a good feeling (afterward),” Anderson said to the Orange County Register. “It’s not something I’m proud of. It’s not something I would put on a mantel.”