Monday, January 11, 2010

Royals Bid For 10th Straight Falls Short

Ahhh….My first blogging dilemma. Is it professional to criticize high school officiating in this new realm of blogging, tweeting, and texting? On November 10, NBA star Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic was fined $15,000 for using his personal blog to criticize officials. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is so well known for his public disaffection for referees that he now makes matching contributions to charities for his fines by the NBA. Since 2000, he’s been fined over 1.5 million dollars for criticizing officials!

Well, I don’t think there are any rules in the Iowa High School Athletic Association about publicly denouncing referees, but I don’t want to be the one to set the precedent. Let’s just say it was a tough night in Story City. The Royal boys (9-2) fell by the score of 57-45 to the Jekyll and Hyde Norsemen (5-4). The Norsemen have been up and down all year, losing to Grand View Park Baptist (a team the Royals beat by 19), but beating Nevada by 34 and Bondurant-Farrar by 2. Half of Roland-Story’s games had been decided by 2 points before tonight, winning two and losing two. Tonight, it was the inside/out combination of Skaar and Rathmacher that proved to be too much for the Royals. Roland-Story led the entire game, and the Royals couldn’t find a second scorer or buy an outside basket. After trailing by as many as 14 points in the first half, the Royals went on a 10-0 run to end the half, trailing 26-22 at the break. They pulled within two by the end of the third, 35-33, and we had a barnburner on our hands. Colo-Nesco pulled within one, 39-38, before the Norse went on another run. Trailing by 5 with 1:29 to go, a questionable foul was called on Brandon Eley fouling him out of the game. The wheels fell off after that as the Norse hit seemingly every free throw they had (and they had a lot of them).

No rest for the weary. Bondurant-Farrar comes to town Tuesday night as the Royals play their third game in four days.

Scoring: Eley (25); Neuendorf (8); Guy (4); Larsen (4); Jamison (2); Warren (2).

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