A quick lesson in comedy.
Point Loma High School was trailing Pasadena Muir, 23-4, in a semifinal of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, with a little more than five minutes remaining in the first half.
At that point, The Pointers cheerleading squad got up and delivered the straight line.
We wanta, we wanta, we wanta, two points.
The punch line was provided by various members of the spectators listening in.
Only two? Have you looked at the score?
This little bit of comic irony ended with Point Loma, defending state champion and winner of 63 consecutive games, losing to the Mustangs, 62-43.
Point Loma lost the game with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter. That's when forward Terri Mann got her third foul and had to be removed from the game.
Mann would eventually foul out midway through the third quarter taking any chance of Point Loma coming back with her. Mann, who averaged 28 points a game last season, had only 8 against Muir.
"I really wasn't pleased with the officiating," Point Loma Coach Lee Trepanier said. "They didn't let Terri play her game."
Terri's game is . . . well, her nickname is Baby Moses. As in Moses Malone, as in power(ful) forward.
But she was outplayed by Muir center Pauline Jordan who had 28 points.
"I'm not taking away anything from Jordan," Trepanier said. "She played a great game. She deserved to win. I just thought they didn't let us play."
Play is what the Pointers had done to other teams this season. They're 46 point win over Santa Barbara in the tournament's opening round had been their closest game this season. Point Loma came in 6-0. Muir is now 14-0 and will play New York's Christ the King in; the final Monday. The Pointers play Brea-Olinda in the third place game Monday.