Yates’ 170-35 Win Leads To Controversy
Did Yates HS show poor sportsmanship?
Nationally ranked Yates HS from Houston won once again in blowout fashion on Tuesday night. No one seems surprised by the score as they are ranked top 5 by just about every scouting service out there. The outcry and controversy comes by those questioning the team’s sportsmanship. Yates held a 100-32 lead against Lee HS at halftime. Yet the team’s five starters were out there playing in the second half. After a fight broke out in the third quarter following an intentional foul on a Lee player, the referees ordered both coaches to stay with same five players for the remaining of the game. But it didn’t seem to help out Lee much as they only scored three points in the second half. Yates HS is averaging 119 points per game and has scored more than 100 points eight times this season. The team has a 14-0 record and is on a 39-game winning streak.
The defending state champs’ 170 points broke the single-state record for most points in a game previously held by Hardin-Jefferson’s 166 points in 1992. Lee’s coach Jacques Armant found the blowout very disrespectful. “I feel very disrespected right now,” Lee coach Armant told the Houston Chronicle. “I don’t understand why Yates just kept scoring and pressing when they were up so much. These are kids. It isn’t good to do that to other young men.” The game has caught so much national media attention that Yates head coach Greg Wise was in ESPN’s First Take trying to explain his side. FYI, the national record for most points in a game is 211 set by Grand Avenue of De Quincy, Louisiana back in 1964.