The Andover boys beat Caney Valley (4-15) 92-7 last night.
Was this unsportsmanlike? I had someone e-mail me about this, citing the 100-0 game by the Texas team this season. Is this the same thing? (By the way, I wrote a blog post about this issue in January and what are the secret rules.)
Now, Andover, which beat a good Kingman team 100-52 earlier this season, is one of the better area teams. So for me, I was impressed that the Trojans didn’t score 100. That impressed me as much as the fact that they held a team to 7 points. You see that on the girls side, not the boys.
But I wasn’t there. I don’t know if Andover pressed the whole game. I don’t know what tactics coach Stucky used. (Check at the end of this post for Stucky’s comments. It should answer a lot of questions.)
But I saw that 11 players scored and only two were in double figures and Luke Meisch, an All-Metro player last year, only had nine points.
Keep in mind that Caney Valley is one of the five smallest 4A schools; Andover is the biggest, with 300 more students. Andover has played a tough, tough schedule this year, losing to McPherson (5A), Andover Central (5A) and Collegiate (3A). Caney Valley, according to KSHSAA, had 4 wins.
So there are my thoughts. What are yours? Was Andover unsportsmanlike? Was Andover in the right?
Jason Stucky’s comments regarding the score:
“We pressed the first 6.5 minutes of the first quarter. We went back into a half-court man and basically stayed inside the three-point line. When they missed a shot, I told our guys I still wanted to work on our (fastbreak offense). We got some fastbreak points. It wasn’t like we were cherry-picking. They didn’t get anybody back.
“We came down, ran our offense, threw it to the wing, then post man came up and caught it, and the other post player was wide-open and he scores on a layup.
“Sometimes they weren’t out there on the perimeter and we shot threes and made threes. In the fourth quarter, we quit shooting threes.
“There was honestly nothing else I could do.
“Every one on our team played in the first quarter.
“With the first round of sub-state, it put us in an extreme disadvantage, because, one, we didn’t get a chance to work on specials or set plays. If we had run a set play, it would have resulted in a layup, which would have run it up even more.
“We just played solid half-court defense inside the three-point line. Then we’d get the ball out quickly and sprint to our positions down the floor. If you don’t do that, we become sluggish again.
“At halftime I told them, I do not want to score 100 points. That is not our goal. I came home and told my wife, we could have pressed the whole game and I don’tknow if they would have scored. We probably could have scored 175 and set all sorts of scoring records.
“We did a running clock in the fourth quarter, even though we’re not supposed to. I called our AD at halftime and asked him to talk to their AD and their administration. (They said) Absolutely do it. After the game, Caney Valley’s administration, superintendent and AD, actually thanked our athletic director for not running it up more.”