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A Oklahoma high school basketball game finished with a final score of 4-2 and the footage will render you speechless

February 08, 2023

On Tuesday night, LeBron James broke the NBA’s all-time scoring record, draining his 38,390 point to pass Kareem-Abdul Jabbar in front of a packed house in La La Land. That’s a lot of points, obviously, but elsewhere in the basketball world, the buckets were slightly harder to come by. Namely in the great state of Oklahoma, where Weatherford Eagles and Anadarko Warriors matched LeBron’s historic night with a 4-2 barnburner for the ages. Yes, we said 4-2.

If that final score doesn’t lull you straight to sleep like three Melatonin, a shot of Nyquil, and an episode of 'The Wire' [ducks], just wait until you see the (mercifully time lapsed) highlights from the first quarter, which ended 0-0.

At this point, you might find yourself wondering “how in God’s name…” It’s a valid question. The answer is that Oklahoma does not mandate a shot clock for basketball at the high-school level. Instead of going toe to toe with 19-1 Weatherford, Anadarko, who have just two wins this season, decided to play keep-away, possessing the ball without putting up shots in order to shorten both the game and their odds of victory. One possession in the third quarter reportedly lasted seven minutes before Weatherford finally fouled.

The Warriors’ stall-ball strategy has since gone viral, sparking widespread calls for the introduction of the shot clock across Oklahoma high school basketball. Despite the obvious need for such an intervention, the cream did eventually rise to the top. Weatherford emerged victorious, with both their buckets coming from sophomore CJ Nickson, who surpassed 1,000 career points for the Eagles. Just 28,390 more to go before he catches LeBron …