Super slowdown: Prep hoop teams battle to 5-2 final
From today's Star Tribune:
MILTON, Vt. -- It's hard to imagine that a 3-pointer in the second quarter of a high school boy's basketball game would turn out to be the winning basket - unless it's one of only three made in the entire game.
That basket, along with an earlier field goal, was all Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax needed to beat Milton on Wednesday night. The final score: 5-2.
``I've never had a player hit a game-winner in the second quarter before,'' BFA-Fairfax coach Glen Button Jr. said.
It could not immediately be determined if the score was a state or national record low, but the contest certainly attracted attention.
``It had to have been one of the most boring games in the world,'' said Bob Johnson, the director of student activities for the Vermont Principals' Association, which governs high school sports.
Neither team scored in the second half.
``It was the ultimate deliberate stalemate,'' Milton coach Jim Smith said. ``They didn't come out after us and we didn't go in against them.''
Smith said the slowdown was implemented because BFA (7-4) has a strong scoring presence, while Milton (2-8) does not. The Milton players believed their best chance to be competitive was to just hold onto the ball.
``We had a shot go off the rim that would have tied it,'' Smith said.