Where’s the defense?
By Ray Hamill
I see Jack Taylor’s at it again.
On Sunday, the Grinnell junior scored 109 points in a Division-III basketball victory over Crossroads College in Iowa, the third best offensive performance in NCAA history, and the second time Taylor has eclipsed the century mark in his young career.
Remarkably, last season the 5-foot-10 Taylor also drained an NCAA record 138 points in a game, and through two games this season he is already averaging 90 points.
All of which begs several questions.
Like, does anyone else on Grinnell ever take a shot?
Or do they play against teams that start five hobbits on defense?
Or if he could score 109 points on Sunday, what was the lazy bastard doing in the season opener when he only netted 71?
(How often do you score 71 and it’s 19 points below your average?)
Taylor’s success is reportedly in part due to a fast-pace offense they call the “Grinnell System,” which is predicated on pushing the ball up-court quickly and getting a shot off in the first 10 seconds.
Remarkably, he scored 53 points in the opening nine minutes of the second half alone on Sunday (almost six a minute), and would quite likely have beaten his own NCAA record if he had not been pulled from the game with five and a half minutes remaining, apparently because his coach was worried the scoreboard would run out of digits.
The final score was estimated to be somewhere around 173-123, the second high-scoring game of the season for the Pioneers, who opened with a 144-99 victory over Finlandia.
Apparently Mr. Taylor and his teammates need to work on their defense a little.