If there were ever an argument in favor of implementing a shot clock in high school basketball, it would be this.
The Iowa high school 4A state semifinal game between Valley and Pleasant Valley went to a second overtime knotted up at 48, and that’s when Valley decided to just hold the basketball for the entire four-minute period. Since there is no shot clock, this strategy is perfectly legal, and Pleasant Valley’s attempts to stop Valley from playing keepaway for four minutes were unsuccessful.
As the clock finally wound down toward five seconds, Valley’s Turner Scott made his move, driving toward the lane from the right and lofting a floater over two defenders that hit the backboard and dropped softly through the net as the buzzer sounded. Final score? Valley 50, Pleasant Valley 48—with just a single possession in the second overtime.
What a game.