12/03/2018
Tough Calls

Tough Calls - Round of 16, Leg 1

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PAOK v Pinar Karsiyaka, 2018 Basketball Champions League, Thessaloniki - PAOK Sports Arena(GRE), Round of 16, 6 March 2018


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 last week's "tough calls":

Tough Call 1: Stelmet Enea Zielona Gora v AS Monaco - Unsportsmanlike foul

After the rebound, White 18 has the ball and Red 8 initiates the defensive action, which is legal. However, White 18 moves the elbows laterally creating a contact on the head of Red 8. This is not a basketball movement, and a hard excessive contact and unsportsmanlike foul should be called on White 18.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees



Tough Call 2: Stelmet Enea Zielona Gora v AS Monaco - Unsportsmanlike foul

After the rebound, White 18 has the ball and is ready to make a shot under the basket. Defensive player Red 9, who is behind White 18, grabs the shooter with both hands over the shoulders, creating an illegal contact (visible in the re-play). The action is not a legitimate attempt to play the ball and at the same time a hard excessive contact and an unsportsmanlike foul should be called on Red 9.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees



Tough Call 3: Neptunas Klaipeda v SIG Strasbourg - Goaltending violation

Grey 00 moves to the basket and is contacted by White 21 and, after that, makes a bank shot. During the shot, the ball touches first the backboard and, after that, White 23 touches the ball. A goaltending violation occurs during a shot for a field goal when a player touches the ball while it is completely above the level of the ring and after it has touched the backboard, and a violation should be called. The contact by White 21 is illegal as he is moving forward creating a contact with his hip and knee on the shooter and a defensive foul should be called.

Outcome: Incorrect decision by referees (defensive foul by White 21) / Correct decision by referees (goaltending violation)



Tough Call 4: Neptunas Klaipeda v SIG Strasbourg - Travel and shot clock violation

Grey 12 receives the ball in the corner and his pivot foot is left foot. Before he releases the ball for the dribble, he is moving right (left foot again) and a travel violation should be called. When Grey 12 takes the shot in the end of the shot clock period, the ball is still in his hand when the shot clock device indicates 0.0 and a shot clock violation should be called.

Outcome: Incorrect decision by referees



Tough Call 5: Stelmet Enea Zielona Gora v AS Monaco - Traveling

Red 2 drives to the basket. When he gathers the ball, he has the left foot on the floor and the next foot touching the floor is again the left (the rhythm is left-left-right). A player may not touch the floor consecutively with the same foot or both feet after ending his dribble or gaining control of the ball, and a travel violation should be called.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees