Arlington Uplift Summit International Preparatory lost to Triple A Academy 117-10 last Friday. Triple A, located in Oak Cliff, is the No. 1 4A ranked boys basketball team in the state.
Triple A had a 76-3 halftime lead.
Summit International was forced to move from Class A to 4A this season. The UIL requires that charter schools play in the lowest classification of the district its address is in.
The UIL wanted to make sure that charter schools, which can pull from an unlimited pool of students, are more evenly matched against other schools that have limitations on student enrollment.
"Some traditional ISDs, 1A and 2A, feel that the open enrollment rule made it challenging for them with charter schools being able to take students from all over the city," said Sara Ortega, Summit International spokeswoman.
Summit International has only had a basketball program for three years.
Triple A's coach, Tim Singleton, said he tried to do everything possible to avoid the game getting out of control. He said he took his top scorers out after the first quarter and played only his bench players in the second half.
He said he had basketball players in the second half who were deliberately throwing the ball out of bounds just to give Uplift Summit more possessions.
"Anytime that there's a score like that, it can be tough, but our students, you know, they come here for the academics," said Ortega with Uplift Summit. "They come here to go to college, and that's their mission there and that's what we're here to support them for."
Singleton and Summit's coaches are friends, and they wondered why the UIL rules would have them matched up in the first place.