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PA high school basketball needs a shot clock

January 12, 2011

By Joseph Bell – Republican Editor – Enough is enough already. Far too often (at the local level in Pennsylvania high school basketball) we've seen an opposing team build a two-possession lead and attempt to run the clock out with four minutes left in the game. A shot clock for Pennsylvania high school basketball is long overdue... to be fair... let's say 40 seconds.
On one hand, the team that has built the 4-point lead and is running out the clock is talented... they were good enough to build the lead. But on the other hand, let's see how they perform in a do-or-die situation where they have to score or they turn the ball back over to the other team with a chance to chip away at the margin.
Furthermore, with the inception of a shot clock, that would mean finding someone responsible enough to run it properly. Problem is, there are some schools that can't even get someone to run the game clock and scoreboard in a respectable manner let alone a shot clock... it's such a lackluster job that many school districts have resorted to having teachers and faculty do the task.
For the most part, school boards in Pennsylvania are tightwads and try extremely hard to curb spending wherever necessary so they would never pay someone to run a shot clock, such as a third referee, just another reason why although a shot clock for Pennsylvania high school basketball is needed, it will just never happen. Therefore the teams who build a slight lead in Pennsylvania high school basketball, including those in the area, are still safe. Go ahead, run the clock out.

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