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Tiny Hovet, West Fargo, Published April 02 2013

Letter: Some perspective on basketball

Congratulations to the Shanley High School Deacons for winning the 2013 state basketball title and breaking a 49-year-old record of 244 points for the tournament record. You should be very proud of your accomplishments, and unless they add a 4-point line and go to 10-minute quarters, your record should be pretty safe.

The game has really changed over the years, mostly for the good of the game. It must be nice to walk 40 feet to your gym. We got out of class at 4 p.m. and had to be on the floor by 4:15; only trouble was the armory was a half-mile away and running against the north winter wind was tough some days. We all wore the same $12 Converse high tops, best shoe ever made.

We didn’t have AAU, summer camps, fitness trainers and weight programs; who had time anyway? There was football in the fall, basketball in the winter, track in the spring, baseball in the summer. Did I mention we had football in the fall?

To put it into perspective would be like comparing Marv Bachmeier to Ben Woodside (both played for North Dakota State University in different eras). Had Bachmeier played as many games as Woodside, he would have scored more than 3,000 points, and I bet he wore Converse high tops. Again, to put it into perspective, wow, 100 points in a game, that’s 2.44 points per minute. Shanley played 113 minutes in the tournament (259 points) or 2.29 points per minute, minus 18 3-pointers or 2.13 points per minute.

All I am saying is that as a member of the 1964 Spoiler team, we will always cherish the 49-year-old record. That was 96 minutes of basketball for 244 points or 2.54 points per minute.