138 Point Man, Jack Taylor, Mercersburg ’10
The Thanksgiving holiday along with the other things we do in the office slowed the posts down over the past couple of weeks. We hope to catch-up over the next few days.
Today, I’ll start with Jack Taylor’s scoring explosion back on November 20th.
If you don’t know the story, Taylor (Mercersburg Academy ’10, view school profile) scored a record 138 points for Grinnell in their basketball game against Faith Baptist Bible.
I watched the video (above) and was amazed by a couple of things.
The Grinnell team plays an up-tempo game and tries to shoot every twenty seconds. The other thing that amazed me was Taylor as a pure shooter. Dribble; fake the drive; step back behind the arc; square-up; shoot.
ESPN’s Eammon Brennan (who is critical of the scoring frenzy) lays out how one can possibly take so many shots in game:
“…Grinnell coach David Arseneault has been running his system (“The System”), based on his formula (“The Formula”), which explicitly requires his team to shoot at least 94 field goals per game, 47 of which should be 3-pointers. Arseneault recruits almost exclusively sharpshooting guards, so that his players can be interchangeable when he runs them in quickfire all-five line changes every other minute. It’s a totally insane, totally thrilling way to play basketball, and it’s also an elephant and a tiger and a creepy clown shy of a straight-up circus freakshow.
So when you ask yourself, “How in the name of everything holy did some D-III kid just score 138 points?,” Arseneault’s crazy system is a good place to start…”(ESPN)
To give you an idea of the game’s pace, Faith Baptist Bible’s David Larson will now forever be a trivia question answer to the question “Name the play who scored 70 points in the same game that Jack Taylor scored 138?”
Taylor’s performance scored him an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.