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2/5/2014 6:00:00 AM
Were these calls fair? You be the judge

Shawn Byrne
Miner Staff Reporter


I was at the Kingman Academy-Yuma Catholic boys basketball game Friday and the following scenario took place. I could use some help in finding out the answer.

Kingman Academy took the ball out to begin the second half. The horn inadvertently buzzed and confusion took place on the court. The referees looked over to the scorer's table and the impression was that there wasn't a good reason to stop play.

Kingman Academy's Breyden Potter had the ball at the free-throw line and all the players were shrugging their shoulders wondering what was going on. Potter realized that the refs weren't stopping play, so he pulled up for an uncontested 15-foot jumper, which he made just four seconds into the third quarter.

Was this fair? I'll let you be the judge.

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Here's one I can't seem to let go. After the Kingman High Lady Bulldogs fell to Prescott Jan. 23 in Prescott, I spoke with KHS coach Danny Gonzalez about the game. During our conversation, he told me that the Lady Bulldogs were whistled for 10 three-second violations in the contest.

I've been watching Lady Bulldog basketball for several years now. One thing I can say about them, they don't stand around. One, if they do stand around, Gonzalez will let them know to get moving. Two, if they are still standing around, Gonzalez will quickly take them out of the game.

I'm a big fan of the Lady Bulldogs, and I can understand one, two, and maybe even three calls for this violation in any game by any team. But 10? I really wish I could have seen that go down.

Prescott won, 49-46.

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We ran a photo Jan. 30 showing the Kingman Academy Middle School's eighth-grade girls basketball team after they won the Queens of the Court tournament played in Mohave Valley.

The girls were extremely proud of their achievement. I've come to learn that they had a slow start to their season and this may have been the day they turned things around.

A very thoughtful commenter left this nugget on our website, kdminer.com: "Who cares. It's middle school basketball."

I didn't interview anyone to find out for absolute certainty, but I feel safe in assuming that the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, teachers, friends and acquaintances care.

If it were up to me, all of our local sports would be getting coverage in our paper. If the sports pages were numerous enough to do so, it would be done.

You see, I care.



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