A high school boys basketball game in Alabama on Saturday ended with a final score of 2-0.
Yes, you read that right. 2-0. And better yet, the game's lone basket was scored 15 seconds into the game.
How exactly did this happen? Let the coach of the losing team, Brookwood's Thad Fitzpatrick, explain:
"The intention was to get as much rest as we can offensively, and do whatever we needed to do defensively. It was our fourth game of the week, and on Friday night we started cramping a lot, so I made the decision," Wallace told the Tuscaloosa News. "We played earlier in the year and won, and I just decided we were going to try and slow down the offense, and on defense just guard like we normally do."
Slowing down the offense meant after Bibb County took the early 2-0 lead, Brookwood held on to the ball for the rest of the first quarter and entire second quarter, missing a shot at the very end of each.
Bibb County finally got the ball in the third quarter, and since they were winning decided to also hold it until the final seconds before missing a shot. That left Brookwood down 2-0 with the ball in the fourth quarter, a time when you might expect them to finally try to score a little earlier and at least tie the game. Not quite.
"The last 30 seconds were the most dramatic," Fitzpatrick said. "We were going to take the first good shot we could get, but we turned it over with about 14, 15 seconds to go."
The bizarre strategy didn't get Brookwood a win, but it did get them into the record book. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, it was the lowest-scoring game since two North Carolina schools also played to a 2-0 finish in 1977.
- Molly Geary