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Tough Calls - Week 6

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. This week, the emphasis will be on Block/Charge.

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

Tough Call 1: Banvit v Movistar Estudiantes

Black 15 goes to the basket with the ball and defensive player White 15 moves laterally to defend the basket. Black 15 jumps toward to the defensive player and initiates the first contact on White 15 who is moving laterally -what is legal-.

The defensive player may remain stationary, jump vertically, move laterally or backwards in order to maintain the initial legal guarding position. When moving to maintain the initial legal guarding position, one foot or both feet may be off the floor for an instant, as long as the movement is lateral or backwards, but not towards the player with the ball.

Outcome: correct decision by the referees (not calling anything).

Tough Call 2: Neptunas v PAOK

Black 4 drives to the basket and is in the act of shooting. Instead of completing the shot for a field goal, Black 4 passes the ball to Black 99 who is standing in the corner of the playing court. Black 4 then charges into White 51 who is outside of the no-charge semi-circle area when the contact occurs.
The no-charge semi-circle rule is not to be applied and any contact shall be judged according to normal regulations, e. g. cylinder principle, charge/block principle. In this play, the defensive player was first in the spot before Black 4 jumps into the air and an offensive foul should be called.

Outcome: correct decision by the referees.

Tough Call 3: Umana Reyer Venezia v medi Bayreuth

White 3 drives to the basket and there is a contact with Red 12. Red 12 has not established a legal guarding position and he is moving one step laterally, creating a contact on White 3 who is in the air. This move is illegal and a blocking foul should be called on Red 12. 

Outcome: correct decision by the referees.

Tough Call 4: UCAM Murcia v AS Monaco

In a pick and roll play, White 15 sets up a screen on Red 11. White 15 is never stationary when the contact occurs creating an illegal contact by his right hip and leg. An offensive foul should be called. 

Outcome: correct decision by the referees.

Tough Call 5: Ventspils v SikeliArchivi Capo d'Orlando

Yellow 0 stops the pass of the opponent and holds the ball with two hands when he is on the front court. After that Yellow 0 moves to the back court and touches the ball, which is still in the front court when he is touching the back court.

A team in control of a live ball in the front court has caused the ball to be illegally returned to their back court if a player of that team is the last to touch the ball in his front court, and the ball is then first touched by a player of that team who has part of his body in contact with the back court.

Outcome: correct decision by the referees to call the back-court violation.

Tough Call 6: Aris v Sidigas Avellino

Green 55 takes a jump shot and defensive player Yellow 21 jumps for blocking the shot. Yellow 21 jumps forward not staying in his cylinder, creating a clear illegal contact by his body on shooter Green 55 who is jumping vertically. A foul should be called on Yellow 21, and 3 free throws awarded to Green 55.

Outcome: incorrect decision by the referees.