Point(s) made: Girls basketball blowout, 107-2, causing uproar

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From Sporting News Staff Reports


So, maybe you CAN win for losing.

Arlington Community High School in Indianapolis, riding a 23-game losing streak, quickly began to triumph in the court of popular opinion after Tuesday’s girls basketball loss to Bloomington South, according to multiple media reports.

Final score: Bloomington South 107, Arlington 2.

Bloomington South coach Larry Winters told the Indianapolis Star that he understands the negative public reaction, which went viral Tuesday night and continued into Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook.

“I didn’t tell my girls to stop shooting because that would have been more embarrassing (to Arlington),” he said. “We were not trying to embarrass them or run up the score.”

Meanwhile, first-year Arlington coach Ebony Jackson told the newspaper that she respected the Bloomington South program but was disappointed with the way it handled the game on her team’s home floor.

“No, it’s not OK, but (Winters) will have to live with that,” she said. “If that’s how they want to carry themselves, that’s fine. I’m focused on me and mine, and we’ll just keep going.”

Arlington, 0-6 this season, scored its points on free throws, one in the second quarter and another in the third.

“(The score) is probably not what we would like to see,” Indiana High School Athletic Association spokesman Chris Kaufman told television station WRTV in Indianapolis.

On that, Winters agreed.

“It’s not a situation that’s any good for either team. Neither team benefits,” he said, while also praising Arlington’s players for continuing to play hard despite the score.

Jackson told the Star that her team has almost no basketball experience. According to the newspaper, the teams signed a two-year, two-game contract, but both coaches indicated the second game is unlikely to be played.

“It’s basketball,” Jackson told the Star. “You see where you are, and go out there and play. I’m not mad. He is running a great program. We’ll go back to the drawing board, and I’ll nurture my players.

“It’s been a trying season, a tough season (but) we’ll continue to get better and better. We’re about growth and improvement. That’s where the rewards come. You’ve got to start somewhere and I’m blessed.”

Eversan at Nike Basketball’s Rivington Court

Photo by Steve Hernandez of lesnyc.com

New York City has long been considered the mecca of summer basketball, from the legendary Rucker Park in Harlem to the Dyckman Turnament in Washington Heights.  The summer of 2012 saw Nike Basketball present Rivington Court on NYC’s Lower East Side.  The world’s only outdoor NBA sized hardwood basketball court played host to the biggest games in the city throughout the summer.  Numerous NBA players, NYC streetball legends, and up and coming stars graced the court that featured a wireless Indoor/Outdoor Eversan basketball scoreboard and shot clocks.

From Weakest Player to Knicks Phenomenon

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Early on in his basketball career, his coach referred to him as, quote- “The physically weakest player on the team.” Not very encouraging words, but our story, or I should say his story, was about to take a sudden and exciting turn. Like a dramatic movie script, we begin to be drawn into the story of this one young man.

He is one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history and the first American player in the league to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. While he is 6 ft 3inches tall and weighs in at 200lbs, his parents are both only 5’ 6”. Now, unless you have been on another planet or living off the grid, you know we are talking about Jeremy Lin. The high scoring, slam dunking phenomenon of 2012 who we now know as “Linsanity”.

Lin was quoted as saying, “ I think it’s a miracle from God. That’s how I would describe it because obviously I don’t think anybody expected this to happen.” Lin’s jersey was on sale and selling before he even stepped onto the court and heard the roar of the crowd attending his first NBA game.

From his childhood days of learning to play the game at the local YMCA with his dad, to playing for the New York Knicks, Lin’s story has drawn us in. Like a dramatic movie script, it’s a great thing when the unexpected events happen and not only bring fulfillment to the one who is experiencing those events but great enjoyment for all of us who get to watch.