It wasn't a buzzer-beater, but it might as well have been. It actually came on a putback in the first 15 seconds of the game.
It wasn't just the only putback of the game, the only lead change or the only bucket by Bibb County (Centreville, Ala.)
6-foot-8 post Brandon Rutledge
It was the only basket of the game.
That's right. Bibb County won its 22nd game and helped its defensive scoring average considerably with a 2-0 win over Brookwood (Ala.)
in the lowest-scoring game in the history of boys high school basketball, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
It tied for the lowest-scoring game and the first since 1977 when Durham Hillsdale (N.C.) knocked off Roxboro Person (N.C.) by the same tally.
In this thorough account by Joey Chandler of Tuscaloosanews.com
, the game was more of a chess match than basketball game as the two coaches held the ball for long stretches.
Obviously, Alabama doesn't possess a shot clock.
"It was not my intention to go into that game and stall," Brookwood coach Thad Fitzpatrick told Chandler. "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. 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."
Brookwood did hold the ball for the rest of the first quarter after Rutledge made the game's only bucket. Bibb County chased the motion offense for a couple minutes then just fell back into a zone and Brookwood settled for a shot near the buzzer.
"Why should I extend my defense when I've got the lead is the question that everyone needs to understand," Bibb County coach Russ Wallace said. "I'm sure there is some pointing fingers both ways. I've got the height advantage and the length — why should I extend over half the floor just for one of them to get loose and maybe make a basket?"
The next three quarters played out similarly and with 30 seconds Brookwood had the ball and looked to shoot, but instead turned it over with 15 seconds left. It then had to foul numerous times and Rutledge missed a foul shot in the final seconds. One last desperation heave by Brookwood failed and this unusual game ended with just seven shots taken, four by Brookwood, which dropped to 19-7. Bibb County improved to 23-9.
This was the fourth game of the week for both teams and the second between them this season. The first was more conventional, with Brookwood winning 40-36.
"That's the first time I've seen stall ball being behind," Wallace told Chandler.