Brophy vs. Carl Hayden "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"
The Good: 29 varsity basketball players, 8 varsity basketball coaches, 200 enthusiastic and supportive fans, and an award winning Brophy/Xavier cheer squad. All ingredients to make an entertaining evening of high school basketball.
The Bad: It's happened to all of us at one time or another. Your cooking that savory dish stovetop when suddenly your attention is distracted. Before you know it your smoke detector is blaring and it's integrated with all the others in apartment building, the fire department arrives only to find a pot of scorched butterscotch pudding on your stove.
The Ugly: Tonight!
Sound familiar? OK, maybe not but you'll soon get my point.
Let's talk hoops.
Brophy College Prep hosted Carl Hayden on Wednesday night for a bit of round ball.
Some Good: Both teams began the game a bit sluggish but midway thought the first the Broncos found a spark. The tenacious play of senior point guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos helped the Broncos take a lead that they would never relinquished. T-Soup's was a floor general calming his teammates enough to grab a 17-9 edge at the end of first but even though they led comfortably no one really seemed to be clicking early.
The second quarter was even worse. Both teams put on a press trying to gain an edge and it worked as both teams repeatedly turned the ball over. Turnovers are great if they lead to buckets but the rim seemed to have been covered with Glad plastic wrap. It seemed nothing was finding it's way through that orange iron circle. Both teams had numerous scoring opportunities, but nothing seemed to fall.
There were offensive rebounds, and missed follows, open looks from three followed by air balls and high percentage jumpers that would make a mason proud.
Just not good basketball.
At half time the high scorer was Brophy senior guard Kyle Westfall with just 7 points. The half ended with a score of 30-15 Brophy.
The third was more like I had hoped. Both teams had players finally step up and try to take control. Roy McLemore and Darnell Terry took charge for Carl Hayden, and David Schneider took the reigns for Brophy. McLemore and Terry, both 6'0" junior guards, had their moments in the third. With good first steps and huge hops, both have the ability to be game breakers. Both junior showcased sweet jumpers as well, and for the first time all night basketball was fun to watch!
There is no doubt that these McLemore and Terry are Carl Hayden's catalysts, but neither is selfish with the rock. They play off each other complimenting each other's game. By the end of the third McLemore had 13 and Terry seven.
For Brophy, the third belonged to 6'2" sophomore guard David Schneider. David drained three crushing 3's to put the game out of reach on his way to eleven third quarter points. After three it was Brophy 50 and Carl Hayden 30 and the game was essentially over.
What happened in the fourth was something I never hope to witness or hear about again. I do not want to turn this into a slamfest but certain things must be addressed.
When members of the visiting team's student body begin becoming so much of a distraction that watching the game is impossible, something needs to be said. Forget enjoying the game, I could not even follow the game, nor could most of the fans sitting on the Brophy side of the court. I'd love to give you the final score, but I'd also like to know where the security was, I never saw either. I apologize for not having the final numbers. But certain things got out of hand.
After speaking to the Athletic Director at Carl Hayden this morning I agreed not to go into detail about what happened on this site. He has assured me that disciplinary action is forthcoming, and that the situation will be addressed in a manor befitting what occurred.
It was a shame, because even in defeat Carl Hayden's varsity squad played hard, played clean, and played with class. Apparently there isn't the same sort of respect for the game throughout the student body of Carl Hayden, and it isn't a whole lot of fun to wonder what this program will be like in the future. It was a disgrace, and as long as those students are supporting Carl Hayden while they are acting that way it isn't just a disgrace for the players, or the athletic program, it's a disgrace to the school itself.
I believe that high school sports is the purest form of athletic competition and is the most enjoyable to watch. Let's keep it that way.