The San Bernardino Arroyo Valley Hawks are a girls high school basketball team in inland southern California. On the 5th of January they crushed the Bloomington High school team by a staggering 161-2!
Because of it the Hawks coach, Michael Anderson, has received a two-game suspension.
“It wasn’t a good feeling,” said Anderson about the lopsided match. “It’s not something I’m proud of. It’s not something I would put on a mantel.’
The Bloomington girls’ coach, Dale Chung, told the Inland Valley daily Bulletin, People shouldn’t feel sorry for my team. They should feel sorry for (Anderson’s) team who aren’t learning the game the right way.”
Losses like this can have a profound impact on self-esteem – especially in the teenage years. No one yet knows if any of the Bloomington girls have decided to walk away from the game, but coach Chung is going to have his work cut out retaining his full squad.
Not only does he have to retain his squad, but he has to convince them that playing for the love of the game is still more important than winning. After having the disgrace of losing by 159 points broadcast around the world!
To be fair, however, both sides have form: Bloomington has previously lost a game this season by 91 points. While Arroyo Valley has won by 98.
Coach Anderson admitted he wanted to run his best team at full throttle. He and Dale Chung met before the game.
“This was our last game before we started league, and we were going to come out playing hard,” said Anderson. “I wanted to let him know there was no harm intended, and that if he had any ideas or concerns to let me know … And he seemed fine with that.”
Anderson admitted to the daily Bulletin that “the game just got away from me.
“I didn’t expect them (Bloomington) to be that bad. I’m not trying to embarrass anybody. And I didn’t expect my bench to play that well. I had one player make 8 of 9 3s!”
Chung questioned Anderson’s honour when it came to winning: “He knows what he did was wrong.”