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Rhinelander boys basketball head coach Derek Lemmens reacts to new shot clock ruleSubmitted: 06/26/2017

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RHINELANDER - The WIAA announced last week that there will be a shot clock for boys and girls varsity basketball. It will be 35 seconds and will go into effect for the 2019-2020 season.

We talked with Rhinelander boys head coach Derek Lemmens to get his reaction. He said he was shocked.


"I didn't think it was going to happen. There's a lot of talk about it but the amount of money that needs to be put into that, the amount of people needed, it's just going to be a big undertaking, and I didn't think it was going to happen," said Lemmens.

If you remember the infamous Rhinelander vs. Antigo boys game last March, the final score was 14-11. So now that there will be a shot clock, that will reduce the number of games ending with that low of a score.

"Antigo wasn't the first team that did that," Lemmens said. "They were the fourth team to do that. I think that would've changed our entire season because it's going to make teams have to play, and they're going to have to score and it's going to reward good defense."

Lemmens also mentioned that he wishes the new shot clock would've been set to 40 seconds instead of 35 so that the athletes aren't too rushed.

"I don't want to rush high school kids," he said. "The talent level in a lot of cases isn't there. I would've rather seen 40 so it's enough to have teams play, but at the same time we can understand they're high school kids and their skill level isn't the same as college guys."

The clock will change several aspects of the game, on both offense and defense.

"You can't just patty cake and eat up that clock. Now you have a clock up against you. You now have another opponent on offense, you have to face that clock. It's going to make teams more purposeful with what they do."

One of his big concerns with the new rule concerns how small schools will pay for the clock, but the rule doesn't go into effect until the 2019-2020 season, so there is still some time to sort those questions out.


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