Maybe you remember reading about Yates High School of Houston, Texas, going ahead 100-12 at halftime of a boys basketball game earlier this season and winning 170-35. Yates, ranked No. 3 in the nation by USA Today, sure called off the dogs in the second half, right?
Well, Yates was staring at an unacceptable outcome on Thursday night. The Lions were in danger of – gasp – seeing their streak of scoring at least 100 points halt at 11 games. With three minutes to play, Yates held a healthy lead, but only had 84 points. Instead of letting the game take its course, the Lions immediately began fouling the other team after it inbounded the ball.
Unfortunately for Yates, karma struck and the Lions fell six points short, winning 94-64.
I believer that it takes two teams for blowouts to occur. Except in rare situations, responsibility should be shared by the losing team. But there is absolutely no excuse, when leading by 30 with three minhutes to go, to foul the other team in an effort to score 100 points. And scoring 70 points in the second half when you had an 82-point lead at halftime? Just awful.