The real deal
Any questions about whether or not the Velma-Alma Comets could remain strong after graduating Corbin Byford have been washed away with a 7-1 start, playing schools from larger classes in all but one game and taking their only loss in overtime.
The Comets are showing signs of being a programming that will be a state contender in Class A year-in, year-out.
One of the few teams to hang with them this season is Marlow, which added some merit to its strong 4-2 start. After graduating their top scorer and losing two more expected starters I was expecting a rough start to the season for the Outlaws, but surprisingly, it has been quite to the contrary so far.
Bending unwritten rule
In the 58 years since the NBA incorporated the shot clock (27 years for NCAA men’s basketball), there haven’t been a whole lot of complaints about it. The shot clock seems generally accepted and genuinely liked.
High school basketball would certainly benefit from a shot clock as well. It would speed up play and force action. Due to the cost, manpower and issues with creating and implementing new rules, though, only a few states have adopted shot clocks. For the other states, like Oklahoma, there is more of an unwritten rule. An agreement between coaches not to stall and not to go to the four-corners offense until the game is almost over.
A few teams (some area teams included) have tested that gentleman’s agreement a bit, choosing to hold for the last shot despite there being more than a minute left on the clock.
I understand the reason for pulling the offense back to preserve a lead in a close game, but some things, like sportsmanship, shouldn’t be sacrificed for strategy.
Greg Crews is sports editor of The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.