How much is too much? When it comes to high school sports, the answer seems to lie somewhere in the vicinity of 159. That number is the point differential between two high school girls' basketball teams, and now the coach of the winning team is serving a suspension.
Last week, Arroyo Valley High girls’ basketball team defeated Bloomington High 161-2; the losing team only scored on free throws.
Arroyo Valley’s coach Michael Anderson has been suspended for two games after accusations of bad sportsmanship.
According to ABC, Anderson claimed that he was not trying to create such a lopsided score:
"The game just got away from me," Anderson told The San Bernardino Sun. "I didn't play any starters in the second half. I didn't expect them to be that bad. I'm not trying to embarrass anybody.”
Bloomington’s coach Dale Chung feels differently. He said Arroyo Valley utilized an aggressive full-court press strategy to give themselves a 104-1 lead at halftime.
"People shouldn't feel sorry for my team," Chung said. "They should feel sorry for his team, which isn't learning the game the right way."
"He's a great X's and O's coach," Chung added. "Ethically? Not so much. He knows what he did was wrong.”
Anderson sat out the first game of his suspension, which was instead coached by his son. The team won 80-19.
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