The Gilmour Academy girls basketball team defeated Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School 108-1 in Cleveland on Feb. 17.
While some accuse Gilmore of trying to run up the score, the team's coach says otherwise.
"Our intent was to not run anything up, and we took steps to not disrespect our opponent," Gilmour coach Bob Beutel told The Plain Dealer. "They went 0-for-28 from the field and 1-for-4 from the free-throw line. We let them shoot."
Beutel added that he put his junior-varsity players into the game during the first quarter.
“We did what we had to do to respect the game and respect our opponent and I’m really proud of the way our kids responded,” Buetel told WJW.
“I was real proud of the way the girls responded because they did nothing to disrespect that team," Buetel added. "We are not going to try and embarrass anybody. We are not going to disrespect anybody. You have to do the fundamental things right.”
The 107-point victory was a Division III North Ridgeville Sectional semifinal game.
In response to the massive loss, Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School released a statement on Feb. 18:
While the final score did not result in our favor, the entire I CAN SCHOOLS network of campuses is extremely proud of the comradery and sportsmanship that our team displayed during and after the game.
At Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School, our scholars are taught to embody respect, responsibility, and relentlessness. All three characteristics were on display yesterday. We faced an incredibly talented team, and we congratulate Gilmour Academy on their victory and pursuit of a championship.