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Friday was the last game for a class act

Winters are going to seem different from now on.

Mark Kieffer has been a fixture heading up the boys basketball program at Rochester Mayo, and Friday's section championship game was his last.

Kieffer has run a classy program and has always seemed to care deeply about his players. And he's had a lot of wins and championships.

But his greatest legacy, in my view, is his intensity, which has undoubtedly taught a lot of young men the value of putting everything they have into something that's important to them.

Teaching about life is the best thing high school coaches can do. Kieffer is a winner in that category too.

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Thursday and Friday were exciting days but overall the quality of basketball was not befitting the NCAA tournament. There was an overall sloppiness to most of the action, and some weird swings caused by a team with a lead collapsing.

Not to mention mental errors that shouldn't be so common at this level of competition:

UTEP, fouling Maryland when the Terps were in the midst of a six-minute stretch where they couldn't buy a basket. It's basic basketball that when a player or team is struggling to make baskets, you don't let them go to the line to get untracked.

Fouls on three-point shooters.

Fouls by centers, committed 40 feet from the basket.

Fouls just before the shot clock was about to go off.

Well, I guess poorly played and exciting is better than poorly played and boring.

I thought we might get through the day without seeing that annoying Buffalo chicken sub commercial. Wrong.

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I still hate that players can be sprawled on the floor or flying through the air and call a time-out. Many years ago, didn't you have to have at least one foot on the floor and be within the playing floor?

At any rate, how often is possession of a loose ball worth burning a time-out?

While I'm being old-fashioned and cranky, can someone tell me exactly why traveling became legal a few years ago in the form of the "jump stop"?

Craig Swalboski

swalbo@postbulletin.com

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