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Hidden numbers everywhere

I want to be a stat nerd for a few moments, but I’m not talking about stats in the typical sense of who has scored the most points or gained the most rebounds. I went on a quest to find the hidden numbers that didn’t appear in the game stories.
    No, I want to get inside the numbers of last weekend’s Southern Hills League vs. South Central Ohio League boys basketball shootout which took place at the Patriot Center.
    Some of the numbers are important, like the final scores of each game, or the No. 2, as in the number of games the SCOL won in the inaugural event with wins by the Washington Blue Lions and the Hillsboro Indians.
    Other numbers are interesting as well. For example: No. 129, as there were that many shots made from the floor last Saturday night. How about No. 345? That was how many points were scored in all three games.
    The No. 3 brings to mind how many coaches were glad to get a win after their game. The No. 3 also brings to mind the number of coaches not pleased after the games ended. Actually, it seems like the No. 5 would go with the aforementioned fact about how many coaches weren’t happy with how their team performed.
    There were 13 quarters played, (one) being an overtime period as (six) teams took part in the event. I know there were (two) radio stations and (four) people reporting the games for print publications.
    Fans who watched all three games, like me, saw 22 converted 3-pointers and 62 shots connecting from the free-throw line.
    I never claimed to be a whiz at math but I counted (one) time “The Star- Spangled Banner” was played during what was almost (six) hours of basketball.
    Another fun stat I discovered in the three-game event came from beyond the arc, as the basketball fell through the hoop 29 times, which added up to 87 points.
    Thirty-nine players scored at least one point in the event held at SSCC with 17 of the 39 players reaching double figures.
    My head is hurting from all the math and numbers. Let’s just say in college math was the reason why I decided to major in journalism and English.
    Does the number 1,825 mean anything? Well if you said “no,” then you are wrong! The number 1,825 is all the jersey numbers from all six rosters all added up. (Yes, I used a calculator.)
    The largest number for the event was 1,484,000. What could possibly have that large of a number you may ask? How about the number of times the referees were yelled at or booed in a six hour period. (I may be off a little by this number, but probably not by much.) Some rants yelled by fans toward the way of the referee: “Don’t worry, if you were in a lawn chair he (the referee) wouldn’t have said you were set.” That comment came from an angry fan who was ticked off over a non-charge call that the referee ruled a block.
    Another angry moment that came from fans to a referee was, “That was a terrible call, get your head out of your rear end.” I didn’t clean that up any, whoever yelled that actually said “rear end.” I laughed!    
    My favorite number of the night was 951. That stands for 9:51 p.m., as that was the time on my phone when I copied down the last stat of the night.
    Stephen Forsha is the sports editor of The Highland County Press.[[In-content Ad]]

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