09 October, 2018
05 May, 2019
Tough Calls
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Tough Calls - Round of 16, 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: Segafredo Virtus Bologna v Le Mans - Goal tending violation

White 0 dribbles from coast to coast and drives to the basket. After the ball is released for the shot, defensive player Black 15 blocks the shot and the referee calls a goal tending violation. The replay shows that the ball had already started its downward flight and a goal tending violation should be called, and 2 points awarded to the White team. It is a close, but correct call. 

Outcome: Correct decision by referees.


Tough Call 2: Iberostar Tenerife v Promitheas Patras - IRS

Yellow team has a fast transition and in the middle of court, the defensive player Black 25, who is late, tries to stop Yellow 9, creating an illegal contact. The contact is unnecessary from the unfavorable position and therefore an Unsportsmanlike Foul (C3) should be called on Black 25. Referees can also use the Instant Replay System to review the action if the illegal contact meets the criteria of Unsportsmanlike Foul. 

Outcome: Correct decision by referees.


Tough Call 3: Umana Reyer Venezia v Nizhny Novgorod - Travel violation

White 19 is in his backcourt and is pressed by the Red team. White 19 dribbles and gathers the ball, and passes it to the his team mate, when a travel violation is called. A player who catches the ball while he is progressing, or upon completion of a dribble, may take two steps in coming to a stop, passing or shooting the ball. The first step occurs when one foot or both feet touch the floor after gaining control of the ball. The second step occurs after the first step, when the other foot touches the floor or both feet touch the floor simultaneously. When White 19 gathers the ball, his right foot is on the floor and after that, the next foot (his left) to touch the floor is his first step and right foot again, the second step. He must release the ball before his left foot touches the floor again, which he did.

Outcome: Incorrect decision by referees.


Tough Call 4: Segafredo Virtus Bologna v Le Mans - Shot clock violation

Black team has a throw-in in the frontcourt endline and the shot clock indicates 0.5 seconds and the game clock 3.56. The ball is passed from the throw-in to Black 7, who fakes once and then makes a shot while there is contact by White 11 at the same time. The yellow led light in the top of the backboard indicates that the shot clock period expired before the contact occurred and therefore a shot clock violation should be called, and the game clock to be reset at 3.55. 

Outcome: Correct decision by referees (for the shot clock violation).


Tough Call 5: Iberostar Tenerife v Promitheas Patras - Fake a foul

Yellow 00 has the ball under the basket, due to the poor pass by the Black team. He drives to the basket and falls down on the floor after the shot. Referees consider the action of Yellow 00 as a ”fake a foul” and because Yellow team had already a warning for the same action, a Technical Foul should be awarded for the second action by any team member. However, the action by Yellow 00 is a normal basketball movement, he is contacted in the shot, losing his balance, and therefore falling down on the floor and should therefore not be conserved as a “fake a foul”. 

Outcome: Incorrect decision by referees.