08 October, 2019
03 May, 2020
32 Augusto Lima (BURG)
17/01/2020
Tough Calls
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Tough Calls - Gameday 11

MIES (Switzerland) - Each week, experts are analysing the games. In order to improve the understanding of referees' decisions and to increase the transparency towards our fans, we publish some of those "tough calls", together with an explanation.

Please find below this week's "tough calls":

Tough Call 1: Türk Telekom v BAXI Manresa - Offensive & Technical Foul

Blue 8 is dribbling the ball at the top of the key being guarded by Red 6.  When he changes his pace to drive to the basket, he locks the arm of Red 6 and the referee calls a team control foul. Then Blue 8 makes a gesture with his hand to the referee and is charged with a technical foul.

The Article 36.2.1 states that a technical foul is a player non-contact foul of a behavioral nature including, but not limited to:

  • Disrespectfully dealing and/or communicating with the officials.

Outcome: Correct decision from the referees. Any player from the Red team shall attempt one free throw for the technical foul and then the ball shall be awarded to the Red team for a throw in from their back court with 24 seconds on the shot clock as a consequence of the personal foul.

 

Tough Call 2: Iberostar Tenerife v ERA Nymburk - UF

Black 77 secures the rebound and starts a fast transition. Yellow 9, who is in front of him and had established a legal guarding position, is charged with an unsportsmanlike foul for his movement to defend.

The Article 37.1.1 states that an unsportsmanlike foul is a player contact foul which, in the judgement of an official, is:

  • An unnecessary contact caused by the defensive player in order to stop the progress of the offensive team in transition.

Outcome: Incorrect decision from the referees. Yellow 9 was in front of Black 77, he had established a legal guarding position and was playing active defense, trying to tap the ball without creating any illegal contact against the dribbler. The contact was created by the dribbler.

 

Tough Call 3: Casademont Zaragoza v Neptunas Klaipeda - UF

The referees call a held ball. When the ball becomes dead, some players get involved in a physical clash.

The Article 46.12 states that the crew chief is authorized to use the Instant Replay System to decide, during any time of the game:

  • To identify the involvement of team members, coaches, assistant coaches and accompanying delegation members during any act of violence.

During the review, the referees saw that:

  • Blue 13 was trapping Red 31's leg.
  • Red 31 was trying to release his leg by moving it back and forward making contact with Blue 13.
  • Blue 11 pushed Red 31 with his arms.

The Article 37.1.1 states that an unsportsmanlike foul is a player contact foul which, in the judgement of an official, is:

  • Not a legitimate attempt to directly play the ball within the spirit and intent of the rules.

Outcome: Correct decision from the referees. All three contacts are considered Unsportsmanlike Fouls.

To resume the game, we have to consider that:

  • Equal penalties against both teams cancel each other (Article 42.2.3). So, the penalties for Blue 11 and Red 31 unsportsmanlike fouls cancel each other.
  • All remaining penalties are administered in the order in which they were called (Article 42.2.7). The only penalty to administer is the Unsportsmanlike Foul committed by Blue 13 on Red 31.

Red 31 shall attempt 2 free throws followed by a throw-in for the Red team from the throw-in line in their front court with 14 seconds on the shot clock.

Besides, the alternating possession arrow shall not be reversed as a foul during an alternating possession throw-in does not cause the team entitled to the throw-in to lose that alternating possession (Article 12.5.6).

 

Tough Call 4: PAOK v JDA Dijon - UF

Near to the end of the third quarter, White 9 starts a dribble in his backcourt with defender Blue 11 in front of him. There’s a contact and White 9 falls to the floor. The referee considers Blue 11’s defense was legal and lets the game continue.

Outcome: Incorrect decision from the referees. Blue 11 extended his leg and created an illegal contact with the dribbler, tripping him up. This is an Unsportsmanlike Foul.

The Article 37.1.1 states that an unsportsmanlike foul is a player contact foul which, in the judgement of an official, is:

  • Not a legitimate attempt to directly play the ball within the spirit and intent of the rules.

White 9 should be awarded 2 free throws followed by a throw-in for the White team from the throw-in line in their front court with the shot clock switched off as there were fewer than 14 seconds on the game clock.