Friday night in Lincolnshire, Stevenson High School’s girls basketball team hosted NSC rival Libertyville. It was a good game. Libertyville roared out front but Stevenson fought back. As halftime approched, the Stevenson student section began to announce the time remaining. Actually, the clock read 11, 10, 9 while the crowd chanted 3. 2, 1. They were trying to get the Libertyvlle players to take a shot before they had to. Libertyville had possession of the ball when the crowd yelled out the fake time. But Stevenson stole the ball. Now the false clock couldn’t help the home team. But there was a Stevenson player launching a desperation shot. It naturally fell short. And there were still 5 seconds left on the real clock.
So this best intentions plan by the home crowd actually derailed the home team.
Well let’s see now. Maybe the home bench can yell out of the real time. Or one of the teammates can look at the clock and see how many ticks are really left. Or the student section can find something else to do with their spare time. In a strange way, it was kind of funny.