With about seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, and his team up 20 points on the Capilano University Blues, Kwantlen head coach Stefon Wilson paced down the sideline towards his players, a little faster than usual, and screamed loud enough for the entire gym to hear.
“WAKE UP! I need you guys to wake up!”
It was in response to those players on the bench not alerting their on-court teammate Aaron Ram that the 24-second shot clock was about to run out. As the clock reaches 10 seconds, the bench is more or less responsible for counting down the remaining seconds to let those on the floor know they have to get a shot off soon.
Normally, this error would not have been a big deal – as least not when a team’s up 20 points in the fourth quarter. But Wilson had seen this happen too often. His team would get a lead – or at least stay close to – an opponent in the first half, then completely wither in the third and fourth quarters.
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