His coach says there was no plan to have Travis score 81 points that night against Putnam Vocational. Everything somehow seemed to be working. Travis made his first eight three-pointers. He was in the "high 20's" after only five minutes of the 32-minute high school game had been played. There had always been the temptation to just "let him go." Just once. Just to see what the numbers would be at the end. This wasn't some pituitary case playing against helpless schoolchildren. Travis was a 5'11" guard. Just let him go. Just once.
"He finished with 31 of 47 from the floor, 10 of 12 three-pointers," the coach says. "He was nine of 13 from the foul line. He also had nine assists, which easily could have been 15 if other kids had finished off the plays. I took him out with 51 seconds left, for the ovation. He was exhausted. He was running the offense, playing defense and scoring 81 points. His shirt was so wet at the end, it looked as if someone had poured a bucket of water over him."
That would have been fun to watch. I love watching guards just be unguardable, and it have nothing to do with size. Reggie's many moments. Pete Maravich. Rick Mount's 61 vs. Iowa in '69, that would have been 79 with a 3-point shot, when I was 6 years old. Drove me to the barn, where there was a hoop hanging, and made me want to shoot just like him. (Dad came by, though, and reminded me that I should also watch/emulate IU players, since IU is better- thanks Dad!)