09 October, 2018
05 May, 2019
Tough Calls
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Tough Calls - Quarter-Finals, leg 2

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 last week's "tough calls":

Tough Call 1: AEK v Brose Bamberg - Marginal contact

Black 12 drives to the basket and is contacted by defensive player White 6. The contact is considered as marginal and has no effect on the play, thus Black 12 exaggerates the impact of the contact. No foul should be called.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees. 


Tough Call 2: Segafredo Virtus Bologna v Nanterre 92 - IRS

On the 4th quarter, 0:49,7 on the game clock, Green 1 drives to the basket and is fouled by White 11. After the foul, the shot is blocked by White 24. Referees call the foul in the act of shooting and decide to review the play by using the Instant Replay System. After the review, referees decide that a goaltending occurred, count the basket, and award 1 additional free throw to Green 1. The Instant Replay can be used when the game clock shows 2:00 minutes or less in the fourth quarter and in each overtime, whether a goaltending or basket interference violation was called correctly, but only if the called was made on goaltending. In this situation, the goaltending call was never made and therefore the Instant Replay System could not be used to review the goal tending..

Outcome: Incorrect decision by referees. 


Tough Call 3: Telenet Antwerp Giants v Nizhny Novgorod - Travel violation

Black 8 is in the key and gathers the ball when his right foot becomes pivot. He then spins and move the right foot again causing a travel violation.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees. 


Tough Call 4: AEK v Brose Bamberg - Travel violation

White 20 receives the pass under the basket and fakes to make the shot, causing two defensive players to jump in the air and generate an illegal contact. A foul is then called. However, when White 20 fakes the shot, he also has left both feet off the floor and return back to the floor with the ball in his hands. A travel violation should be called before the illegal contact.

Outcome: Incorrect decision by referees. 


Tough Call 5: Iberostar Tenerife v Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem - Continuous motion

Black 14 dribbles and pass defensive player Yellow 10 who creates an illegal contact. At the same time when the contact occurs, Black 14 gathers the ball, when his left foot touches the floor, and starts a continuous motion towards the basket which ends with a shot for a field goal. The continuous motion starts when a moving player gathers the ball in order to drive to the basket and finishes the action with a shot. A foul should be called, the basket counts and 1 additional free throw to be awarded to Black 14.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees.