The Sports Archives Greatest Moments – When Foul Trouble Leaves Last Man Standing

What kind of defense do you play when you’re the last man standing after your entire team has fouled out?!  You would have to ask guard Mike Lockhart of the 1982 West Coast Christian College Knights.

The Knights were beating the Santa Cruz Sea Lions 70-57 with just over two minutes left in the game.  That’s when Lockhart became the Knight’s last hope to hold down the Sea Lions and secure the victory.  It was a pretty tall order to ask of Lockhart, to play one on five while having four fouls and just one away from disqualification!   Nevertheless, Lockhart was only outscored 10-5 and single-handedly held on to lead the Knights to a final 75-67 over the hapless Sea Lions.

I am not sure if the Knights were thinking of just making history or the late night highlight reel.  How do you foul out when you have such a huge lead?  In the end, I would have to guess that the Sea Lions must have been horrible shooters and that Lockhart was great at dribbling.  Lockhart inbounding the ball was probably amusing!

So what defense did Lockhart play?  Zone, of course!  Lockhart should have been nominated to play for the Harlem Globetrotters!

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3 Responses to The Sports Archives Greatest Moments – When Foul Trouble Leaves Last Man Standing

  1. Tim says:

    This really happened but it was in 1982, not 72. This story was in the “in the news” part of the February, swimsuit, edition of Sports Illustrated in 1982.

  2. sammie says:

    mike lockhart is my soccer coach now and he told us about this story, so I looked it up, I didn’t believe him ar first but the computer makes him seem like a basketball legand. ole coach mike got work done.

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