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Pinewood boys shock first-place SHP in hoops

Original post made on Jan 31, 2009

The Pinewood boys' basketball team had won only two of seven league games and had split 16 contests overall this season, but that didn't make it a dangerous team. First-place Sacred Heart Prep found out just how dangerous on Friday night.

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Posted by mark, a resident of Atherton
on Jan 31, 2009 at 10:58 am

With due credit given to Pinewood hustle and shooting, the outcome of the game was significantly affected by one-sided reffing favoring Pinewood. Gators were being hacked with no whistles, while getting fouls for just being around a Pinewood player. The game was close in the fourth quarter until the refs won it for Pinewood with a succession of calls that provided Pinewood with sufficient cushion to win the game.


Posted by Phil, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 1, 2009 at 10:45 am

With all due respect to Mark, a resident of Atherton, Pinewood actually shot a lower shooting percentage than Sacred Heart, and Sacred Heart was in the bonus before Pinewood had its second foul in the second half. In fact, in the 2nd half, the refs overturned 2 calls to go in Sacred Heart's favor! If one of your players says "F___ you" to another player, he's going to get a T. If your coach subs in an already-fouled-out player, he's going to get a T. Sacred Heart didn't outscore Pinewood in a single quarter in that game. They were dominated, completely, and physically, something Sacred Heart isn't used to (one of the reasons one of their players punched 2 dents in the sheetrock in the lockerroom after the game). If Pinewood had shot the way it normally does, it would have been a 25-point rout. The difference in this game was composure.


Posted by Andrew, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Feb 1, 2009 at 10:58 am

[Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.] Pinewood did their talking in their determined play where Sacred Heart did their talking with their elbows, language and unsportsmanlike conduct on and off the court. I believe that 2 technicals against SHP as well as one of our players being sent to the emergency room for stitches in his lip shows why the refs needed to call the fouls they did. There were a few unfortunate calls both ways. The refs realized they needed to protect the players because a few players were so out of control. I think the real lesson to be learned is that SHP needs to learn to control themselves and play good defense instead of fouling on every play.


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