Milton High’s highly-touted basketball team has to deal with new issue

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Milton (12-2) is playing its best basketball after some early struggles and will make another appearance on ESPNU with Saturday’s 8 p.m. matchup against Oak Hill. The game will be played in Springfield, Mass., with a 30-second shot clock. That’s a first for Milton’s David Boyd in his 27 years of coaching.

“One thing that will help us is that we’re real careful about trying to get the last shot in each quarter of every game we play, so we are familiar with being aware of the time during parts of the game,” Boyd said. “I think where we may really struggle is if the game is close near the end. We’ll have to execute plays within 30 seconds rather than just holding the ball.”

Now it’s YOUR turn. What do you think of the 30-second clock for high school ball? Do you like it or not? Please post below.

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26 comments Add your comment


January 14th, 2011
10:12 am

I don’t know and I don’t care !!!

Blah Blah

January 14th, 2011
10:49 am

Well you all (Boyd, etc…) put other high school coaches on the shot clock by hand picking your teams and taking the kids those coaches have worked with for years. Then you get all of the credit their Jr. and Sr. year by playing on national TV. Don’t complain about that, you should not lose a game with that team.

Nick P.

January 14th, 2011
11:38 am

hey bla blah, if you look around all of the best teams in the state, you will see many of them with players who moved to that area to play for the coach, or program, or the school was really good as well so for education etc… when you the rules cannot restrict and its up to parents to decide to move and take the chance, then what is the point behind crying, whinning, fussing over something that really no one has control over, just enjoy the games and take it for wha it is, a program that is doing great and if all things go well, hopefully can repeat, everything else like your name is just plain blah, blah, blah!

Basketball Fan

January 14th, 2011
11:39 am

Almost every good team looses a game some time during the year. Milton has lost 2, one on a buzzer beater. Miller Grove almost lost but, won on a buzzer beater. Milton could have gone easily undefeated this year, but they decided to go to the hardest tournament in the nation and palced second,then scheduled other games like Winter Park, Miller Grove, Wheeler, and Oak Hill. Thats an extreamly hard schedule to go undefeated in. All these teams produce great athleats and can beat each other any given time.


January 14th, 2011
12:48 pm

No doubt, time for a shot clock in high school ball in Georgia.


January 14th, 2011
12:51 pm

Totally agree with shot clock.

just sayin

January 14th, 2011
1:01 pm

The playing of a HS bb game 1000 miles away from the high school in the middle of the school year benefits who? Once you can correctly answer that question, you will have identified the stench that is ruining amateur sports.


January 14th, 2011
5:03 pm

Yes Yes Yes. Sorry basketball should be played with a shot clock after the 8th grade. There have been so many coaches that abuse the fact that there is no shot clock. When a team is getting blown out they sit back in a 2-3 zone and don’t pressure the ball and the other team just holds the ball. Last year Mays beat Hillgrove after Mays’ coach (who has the rep of doing it) instructed his team to hold the ball. They did for the final 90 seconds of the game before making the game winning layup…in the state quarterfinals!! In Middle Georgia there was a 17-14 game last season (think Houston Co. was involved) this is awful. If quizzes and test are timed for learning purposes then my gosh can we get a shot clock, heck football has a play clock so not having a shot clock is beyond me.

@just sayin, playing a hoops game 1,000 miles away is nothing. Columbia is in Alaska this week and will be in West Virginia in a few more weeks. It’s called playing the best and playing in respected tournaments. It gives your school national attention, provides students/players a chance to travel, prepares them for a collegiate schedule and offers more exposure to your players against quality competition which will open recruiting doors. That’s why you travel 1,000 miles…on the low end and if your school can get some bucks out of it hey even more reason to do it. Schools with a Basketball Program will travel and play quality comp. Schools with Basketball Teams just play the neighbors and complain about transfers.


January 14th, 2011
5:14 pm

As long as I’ve been around h.s. basketball in Georgia, I haven’t seen a problem amongst boys, only in the girls game where they stand back behind mid-court for an hour.


January 14th, 2011
5:48 pm

Looking at how the younger kids are not as patient on offense, the shot clock would not be a problem. Everytime I got to a game, kids jack up threes an just rush shots. Kids need to be more patient. I think the shot clock gives kids and coaches better prepared, but shot clocks are meant only to increase scoring. basketball has lost its original form.


January 14th, 2011
8:24 pm

I like the no shot clock. it puts a much greater emphasis on defense. When a game is in the final seconds and the winning team has the ball, they cant rely on the clock to bail them out. The no shot clock is something that makes highschool basketball HIGHSCHOOL basketball. Just like in highschool baseball they only play 7 innings. Its just something that is part of the highschool game

MC 12

January 14th, 2011
10:50 pm

My son played with the shot clock all summer in the NIKE YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE and the 30 second clock rarely came into play. Four of the Milton players played in the NIKE league, so they should not have any problems with it. The shot clock would be a good addition to Georgia high school basketball. It will give the players a better awareness of time and situation, as well as preparing them for the college game.


January 15th, 2011
4:22 am

Preparing kids for the college game is not a good reason for the shot clock, because very very very few high school players will play in college. I do like the clock however, because it forces teams to play a fill game. If you are down 8 points with three minutes to go and there’s no shot clock, then the last part of the game is an endless procession to the free throw line instead of encouraging good defense.

Having said that, a concern I would have at the high school level is the proper operation of the clock. Scorer’s table reps are often volunteers, and this would give them yet another thing to manage.


January 15th, 2011
12:12 pm

Coach Boyd sucks! When these kids graduate, he’ll leave too, and he’ll set up recruitment elsewhere. Before you attack my comment, READ MY SCREEN NAME!!!!!!!!!


January 15th, 2011
1:33 pm

@justmyopinion in your opinion what does boyd suck at?


January 15th, 2011
4:39 pm

A 30 second shot in high school? Don’t need one. Nobody plays any defense now anyway. Why? Coaches don’t coach it anymore.

Ted Striker

January 15th, 2011
7:57 pm

Good insight, MC 12.

And I like the shot clock idea.

the sham

January 15th, 2011
9:53 pm

Is it bad that during the Falcons’ playoff game, I am checking HS basketball blogs about shot clocks?

@ blah blah blah – I didn’t think the coach was complaining… just answering a question. But you do bring up a good point about recruitment in HS sports. It’s more prevalent than most want to admit and POO POOers like Nick P. sort of make the case for a crack down. Their is a complacency about HS sports bc “no one is making money, so what’s the harm?”, that lend to this problem.

Ask the coaches, boosters, tournament promoters, AAU organizers and on in to football where the Under Armor and US Army All American Bowls just had National TV coverage, how much money is being made??? It’s just not the kids who are making it… ask Rev. Cecil if you don’t believe me…

This innocence has long since been lost and the GHSA is just as much culpable as those they pretend to “monitor”.

the sham

January 15th, 2011
9:55 pm

@ MC – btw, to answer your question, I don’t think it hurts and would encourage a more active game…


January 15th, 2011
10:14 pm

Milton won! Wow, I’m a Wheeler fan but what a great representation of Georgia basketball. This os why transfers are a good thing, we get teams who can compete at the National level and for those who say it makes it too easy to dominate. Let me give you when Wheeler beat national #1 South Gwinnett in the AAAAA playoffs in 2005. Beach, who beat a national top-10 Wheeler team in 2006 in the state semis. Central Gwinnett beat a top Wheeler team last year. Wheeler beat Milton once last year and lost by a point in OT later in the year. My point is once state playoffs roll around anything can happen

Milton dad

January 15th, 2011
11:25 pm

Wow is right, W/E greeat game. Dai Jon showed his stuff. and Shannon cemented his status. maybe the best PG in the country. Looking forward to game with Wheeler. always tight. Georgia Hoops is really on thr map now. How about the possibility of a 1-2 MillerGrove/Milton national ranking?? Maybe you have to put St. Patrick in there (beat Milton at the buzzer).

Ken Myers

January 16th, 2011
10:19 am

I do NOT see it coming to Pennsylvania where I live for a couple reasons. One, the schools would have to spend the money for the shot clocks, and two, they would have to pay an extra stipend for the shot clock operator at the scorers table. For some of the schools here in PA, it’s like pulling teeth to get them to spend any money.


January 16th, 2011
10:53 am

When did it become the purpose of hs bb to get kids exposed on the national level, for years thats what AAU coaches have been saying thats what they are doing. HS sports main function is to provide some community pride, not who could recruit the best players.


January 16th, 2011
11:05 am

We need a shot clock BADDDD!


January 16th, 2011
11:36 am

I really seen many high school teams waiting 30 seconds to shoot the ball. That’s fine, but again Dean Smith’s four corners offense is not widespread. Matter of fact, I’ve seen a lot of teams that should have been holding the ball, not.


January 16th, 2011
11:37 am

I really haven’t seen…