School and Basketball

This post is about three basketball games that all occurred on March 2nd. I photographed two of the games. The other game was played in 1962.

The San Marin High School Mustangs defeated Bishop O'Dowd 51-46 to advance to the North Coast Section title game on March 2, 2011. San Marin would eventually win their first basketball section title in school history. (bryan farley)

When I was in 5th grade, I remember taking a standardized reading comprehension test. We read a short story about Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points against the New York Knicks. We were asked to categorize the story. Because I knew it was impossible for anyone to score 100 points in an NBA game, I decided that the story was fictional. Of course, Wilt scored 100 points against the Knicks on March 2, 1962 and my distrust of standardized tests was born.

A parent celebrates after San Marin's upset victory against Bishop O'Dowd High School. (bryan farley)

The second story happened five years ago on March 2, 2011. I was teaching at San Marin High School in Novato, California. I had just learned that I was going to lose my teaching position, because the technology department was closing. Our boys basketball team was hosting one of the state’s top teams, Bishop O’Dowd in a North Coast Section semifinal the next night. I decided to stay late, even though I knew I would not be staying at the school… even though I knew that San Marin would not win.

2011 NCS Division III Boys Basketball Champion San Marin High School defeated Center High School 61-55 during the NorCal CIF State Tournament at San Marin High School on March 10, 2011. The 2011 boys basketball team won the school's first basketball section championship. (bryan farley)

But of course, San Marin won. On the following Saturday, San Marin won their first boys basketball section title in school history. I photographed that too. I might write more about that journey later; here is my post about March 2, 2011. (March Madness.)

 (bryan farley)

This year, I started working for Albany High School. The boys basketball team hosted a NCS semi-final on March 2, 2016. Albany led 56-54 when the buzzer sounded. Albany students were prepared to rush the floor. The team was ready to advance to tonight’s final, but the ball dropped through the basket and the game went to overtime. The photo gallery from Albany’s loss seems to be lacking a conclusion. Even the other team, the Miramonte Matadors, seemed to disbelieve this story.

NOTE: The Library of Congress announced on March 23, 2016 that the 4th Quarter recording of Wilt’s historic game would be preserverd. I included another link to the home town Philadelphia Magazine.

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