Last Saturday night, two high school basketball teams in Alabama lined up at half court for the opening jump ball. Within 15 seconds, Brandon Rutledge of Bibb County scored a bucket off an offensive rebound.
That first shot ended up being the only points scored for the rest of the game, as the Bibb County Choctaws defeated the Brookwood Panthers 2-0.
Tuscaloosa News.com reported that the Alabama High School Athletic Association has the highest-scoring game on record, a 1991-92 contest between South Lamar (151) and Lamar County (119), but they have no record for the lowest scoring game. The National Federation of State High School Associations, however, noted a 2-0 game in North Carolina in 1977.
For the remainder of the first and second quarter, the Panthers spread the floor and basically held on to the ball against the Choctaws’ zone defense.
“It was not my intention to go into that game and stall,” said Brookwood coach Thad Fitzpatrick. “I just decided we were going to try and slow down the offense, and on defense just guard like we normally do.”
The standstill continued in the second half, both teams not attacking, but anticipating their final shots.
“That’s the first time I’ve seen stall ball being behind,” said Bibb County coach Russ Wallace.