Every once in a great while I see a box score from the day’s action and say to myself, “wow, I wish I was there to see that.”
Such a case occurred on Friday night, when I ran across the scores and saw the Woods Cross Wildcats boys’ basketball team put up 99 points (yes, 99) in a 33-point victory over West, who sit in 5A’s Region 2.
And that was in regulation. The final score, 99-66, meant that not only did Woods Cross score an average of three to four points per minute, but the entire game seemed like it was one back and forth affair featuring 165 points, in regulation!
At that pace, each team averaged scoring five points per minute. Wow.
Now I’ve seen a few games from our local teams that ended with both teams scoring north of 70 and even 80 points. I was at Bountiful High School last year when the Braves put up 89 points against Cyprus. They won by 38 points.
But getting to 90 points and coming close to breaking the century mark are two different things. Woods Cross’ 99-point triumph came with 10 3-pointers, 37 total field goals and 15 free throws.
The one blemish to take away from this impressive feat? The team shot less than 50 percent from the free-throw line. Otherwise, the score could have sailed past 100 points by the fourth quarter.
Still, this is nothing to sneeze at. In the NBA and even in college, seeing games with both teams scoring in the 90’s is commonplace because of some of the rules in play.
There’s a shot clock, forcing team’s to make or miss typically in the closing seconds of a possession.
And the games are longer as you move up the ranks (40 minutes in college, 48 in the NBA), giving each team more time to get to or surpass the century point.
But in high school, there isn’t a shot clock and you only get 32 minutes to score as many points as you can. At a level where coaches choose to hang on to the ball as long as possible, Wildcats’ coach Kasey Walkenhurst may have thrown that strategy out the window Friday and told his team to simply score as fast as humanly possible.
Or maybe he put something in the teams’ water before tip-off. Who knows?
The funny thing is, they weren’t even the highest scoring team that night. That honor went to Morgan, which dropped 112 points in regulation time to beat Tooele in Region 9.
Piute also recorded 90-plus points in a win over Diamond Ranch in Region 20.
Either way, scoring that many points in a game is something that I wish I could have seen for myself. I could only imagine the neck pain I would have felt as I watched Woods Cross running up and down the court while scoring essentially at will.
At least they were held to a modest 62 points Tuesday night in a win over Copper Hills.