Clay Crump, coach of No. 1-ranked Eagle’s Landing’s boys, says he’d like to see Georgia adopt a shot-clock rule after his team beat Albany 39-13 in the Class AAAA first round this week.
It was the lowest-scoring game in the state playoffs in 65 years, according to Becky Taylor of the Georgia Basketball Project.
Eagle’s Landing led only 9-7 after one quarter as Albany played a slow-down offense, but what was strange was Albany’s strategy after Eagle’s Landing bolted to a 28-12 halftime lead, according to Gabriel Stovall’s account of the game for the Henry Herald.
Albany twice held the ball for three minutes in the third quarter – which was scoreless for both teams.
“It’s not fun,” Crump told the Henry Herald. “We practice to play basketball, not to play catch. It’s kind of an admission from the other team that they don’t really want to play with us.”
Albany coach Archie Chatmon defended his strategy in a story in the Albany Herald.
“They booed us, but that was OK with me,” he said. “My goal was to give my team the best chance to win. We weren’t going to be able to beat them playing them four quarters. But we might beat them playing one quarter.”
The last time that so few points have been scored in the boys state tournament was March 4, 1948, when Montezuma beat Portal 27-25 in the Class C championship game.
No team has scored fewer than 13 points in the boys tournament since 1947, when Rabun Gap beat Mansfield 64-10.
In 2012, Whitefield Academy beat Hebron Christian 65-13.