xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Letter to the Sports Editor: Lake Clifton's tactics ruined state semifinal

Team's tactics ruined semifinal

This past Saturday I, along with hundreds of other South Carroll supporters, made the trip to Comcast Center to watch our Cavaliers take on the supposedly superior Lake Clifton basketball team. After South Carroll played Lake Clifton toe-to-toe in the first quarter, Lake Clifton's coach decided to freeze the ball for the entire second quarter as he tried to draw South Carroll out of a zone defense they had just began playing.

Yes, that's correct. We got to sit there and watch Lake Clifton's point guard stand on the court and hold the ball for eight minutes while they made no attempt to score. The only justice came when Lake Clifton turned the ball over in the final seconds and Gavin McTavish drilled a 3-point basket seconds later, evening the score at 14-14 at halftime.

Lake Clifton's coach was later quoted as saying that he didn't care if Lake Clifton wins 2-1 so long as Lake Clifton wins. Really? Is that what he thinks competitive sports are about?

Have more teams take that approach and you will surely ruin a great sport. For most of the players, including many for Lake Clifton, having the chance to play at Comcast Center will be a highlight of their basketball career. Only a select few of these kids will have the chance to play in college, so for them, this was the end. What a way to go out.

All of the fans in attendance and more importantly the players should have had the opportunity to settle the game on the court. After watching the first quarter, it was clear that South Carroll was more than capable of playing with Lake Clifton. It would have been great to see if SC could beat them in a 32-minute contest. Unfortunately, we will never know. The one way to eliminate that kind of bush league play is to implement a shot clock, a move that has made the college game much more exciting.

If I were the athletic director at Lake Clifton, I would congratulate their coach on winning a state championship. I would then tell him to pack his bags and take his gig somewhere else.

For Coach Goff and all of the South Carroll players, congratulations on another great season.

Keith Boeckmann

New Windsor

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement