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The Press Box for December 18

By Staff | Dec 18, 2019

I was astonished this past week as I watched people in action. From New Martinsville, to Hundred and Pine Grove. From Paden City, and Sistersville to Middlebourne, flocks of volunteers went to work to provide area residents a glimpse of the holiday season.

As spectacular as it all was it was even more amazing to watch, as area youth from grade school to senior high, laced up their sneakers and hit the hardwood as basketball season got underway in full force. I took in five basketball games in the past week and a half and every one was a delight to watch.

Not one incident out of the ordinary, ( you know like the occassional disgruntled fan, or the one who knows more than the referree) it was a thing of beauty. Kids enjoying themselves, fans and parents supporting their own and coaches working to get wins.

One game in particular brought back a lot of memories. An argument over the score! Now, that seems like it would be an easy thing to correct nowadays with electronic scoreboards and two scorekeepers at the table, but as we have always heard anything can happen and often does.

As a kid in the neigborhood we didn’t have but one option in the summer when it came to playing basketball. The only outdoor hoop in town was at the high school where there was just two baskets. We played basketball there all the time and we played to win. On more than one occassion we couldn’t agree on the score, I mean after all it was kept by a player on each team with each one wanting to win to stay on the court for the next game.

Never ever can I remember saying I need a break or I’m tired take me out. In fact there were many arguments and sometimes nearly a fist fight over not coming out so someone else could play. I can’t even imagine how many hours of games we played on those hoops. It was instrumental. The thing of it was, we loved the game and we played as much as possible and we always figured out the score one way or another.

Basketball at any level has those little things, be it stuff you experience when you attend a game in person or the joy we had during those hot summer days on the outdoor court. Yes the game has changed dramatically, but the once in a while incidents of controversy still keeps happening. Even with the reviews, shot clocks, changes in carrying the ball. more steps allowed before a walk is called and the ocassional foul call that nearly rips a guys arm off, nothing compares to having a mess up on the score.

With the score tied at 43 heading into the last six seconds of the game, a shot went up from three point land. It fell short, but as time expired the out of position referree (if there really is such a thing) called a foul sending the player to the line for three shots and a chance to win the game.

The first two tries were off the mark but the third one rolled around and fell through making the score 44-43 for the visitors.

As the fans rushed the floor to celebrate the win, the referre signaled the game wasn’t over yet and sent both teams and coaches to their bench. Apparently after rechecking the home book (which was kept by a high school girl) they had missed a basket and the real winner was the home team by one point 45-44. Both books were than checked and the score was changed giving the home team the victory. The visitor’s book (kept by an adult) showed the points but they failed to correct the score on the board or inform the home team.

There was a lot of confusion, but the result was both teams and coaches shook hands and left the floor without incident. The head referree stated it was an honest mistake. I will only say it would not have been pretty back in the day on the outdoor court.

The point is, times have changed, rules are different and with videos, replays and people filming and such. It’s easy to correct mistakes and problems. The best thing is it’s not always the referree’s fault or the scorekeepers fault, things just happen. Why the visiting scorekeeper didn’t let anyone know is another question, However when she checked her score it was right on with the other book that had failed to add the points. Why the scoreboard didn’t register the points when they happened was another question. He said he missed it in the excitement of the game.

The greatest of all however, was everyone involved admitted it was a mistake and left without a problem. Those are damm good people.

I had three calls last week inquiring about the scores of local ball games. The only answer I had was we haven’t received anything from the coaches. The callers were upset because they couldn’t find any information in any of the daily papers and was hoping we would have some. Thanks to coach Dave Riggle and Jeremy Joy for always sending in your team information. eparsons@tylerstarnews.com

The Press Box for December 18

By Staff | Dec 18, 2019

I was astonished this past week as I watched people in action. From New Martinsville, to Hundred and Pine Grove. From Paden City, and Sistersville to Middlebourne, flocks of volunteers went to work to provide area residents a glimpse of the holiday season.

As spectacular as it all was it was even more amazing to watch, as area youth from grade school to senior high, laced up their sneakers and hit the hardwood as basketball season got underway in full force. I took in five basketball games in the past week and a half and every one was a delight to watch.

Not one incident out of the ordinary, ( you know like the occassional disgruntled fan, or the one who knows more than the referree) it was a thing of beauty. Kids enjoying themselves, fans and parents supporting their own and coaches working to get wins.

One game in particular brought back a lot of memories. An argument over the score! Now, that seems like it would be an easy thing to correct nowadays with electronic scoreboards and two scorekeepers at the table, but as we have always heard anything can happen and often does.

As a kid in the neigborhood we didn’t have but one option in the summer when it came to playing basketball. The only outdoor hoop in town was at the high school where there was just two baskets. We played basketball there all the time and we played to win. On more than one occassion we couldn’t agree on the score, I mean after all it was kept by a player on each team with each one wanting to win to stay on the court for the next game.

Never ever can I remember saying I need a break or I’m tired take me out. In fact there were many arguments and sometimes nearly a fist fight over not coming out so someone else could play. I can’t even imagine how many hours of games we played on those hoops. It was instrumental. The thing of it was, we loved the game and we played as much as possible and we always figured out the score one way or another.

Basketball at any level has those little things, be it stuff you experience when you attend a game in person or the joy we had during those hot summer days on the outdoor court. Yes the game has changed dramatically, but the once in a while incidents of controversy still keeps happening. Even with the reviews, shot clocks, changes in carrying the ball. more steps allowed before a walk is called and the ocassional foul call that nearly rips a guys arm off, nothing compares to having a mess up on the score.

With the score tied at 43 heading into the last six seconds of the game, a shot went up from three point land. It fell short, but as time expired the out of position referree (if there really is such a thing) called a foul sending the player to the line for three shots and a chance to win the game.

The first two tries were off the mark but the third one rolled around and fell through making the score 44-43 for the visitors.

As the fans rushed the floor to celebrate the win, the referre signaled the game wasn’t over yet and sent both teams and coaches to their bench. Apparently after rechecking the home book (which was kept by a high school girl) they had missed a basket and the real winner was the home team by one point 45-44. Both books were than checked and the score was changed giving the home team the victory. The visitor’s book (kept by an adult) showed the points but they failed to correct the score on the board or inform the home team.

There was a lot of confusion, but the result was both teams and coaches shook hands and left the floor without incident. The head referree stated it was an honest mistake. I will only say it would not have been pretty back in the day on the outdoor court.

The point is, times have changed, rules are different and with videos, replays and people filming and such. It’s easy to correct mistakes and problems. The best thing is it’s not always the referree’s fault or the scorekeepers fault, things just happen. Why the visiting scorekeeper didn’t let anyone know is another question, However when she checked her score it was right on with the other book that had failed to add the points. Why the scoreboard didn’t register the points when they happened was another question. He said he missed it in the excitement of the game.

The greatest of all however, was everyone involved admitted it was a mistake and left without a problem. Those are damm good people.

I had three calls last week inquiring about the scores of local ball games. The only answer I had was we haven’t received anything from the coaches. The callers were upset because they couldn’t find any information in any of the daily papers and was hoping we would have some. Thanks to coach Dave Riggle and Jeremy Joy for always sending in your team information. eparsons@tylerstarnews.com