09 October, 2018
05 May, 2019
9 Kamil Laczynski (WLOC), Ciulin Marius
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Tough Calls - Week 13

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: Telekom Baskets Bonn v UNET Holon - Verticality

Blue 6 cuts to the key and receives a pass. When he is going to the basket, there is a contact by Blue 6 and defender White 7, and both players end up on the floor. When Blue 6 jumps off with the ball, White 6 is already in his position and jumps straight up in his cylinder. The only contact is initiated by Blue 6’s left arm, but it is legal as well and therefore no illegal contacts occur and "no call" is the correct decision.

The player with the ball has the right to land at another place on the playing court provided that the landing place and the direct path between the take-off and the landing place is not already occupied by (an) opponent(s) at the time of take-off. If a player has taken off and landed but his momentum causes him to contact an opponent who has taken a legal guarding position beyond the landing place, the jumper is responsible for the contact. 

Outcome: Correct decision by referees.


Tough Call 2: Lietkabelis v AEK - Act of shooting

In the rebound situation, Black 8 is able to catch the ball and, when in the air, makes immediately a shot attempt and is fouled by White 11. Referee calls the foul and indicates that the foul was not in the act of shooting and the game will be resumed by Black team’s throw-in on the end line. After that, the  other referee communicates with calling referee and the decision is changed into a “foul in act of shooting”.

A shot for a field goal or a free throw happens when the ball is held in a player's hand(s) and is then thrown into the air towards the opponents' basket.

In the video situation the foul is in the act of shooting and 2 free throws should be awarded to Black 8.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees (in the end).


Tough Call 3: Anwil v Banvit - Travel violation

White 7 dribbles the ball and penetrates towards the basket. When he gathers the ball, his right foot is touching the floor and the next foot to touch the floor is again the right (hop).  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. 


Tough Call 4: Promitheas Patras v Neptunas Klaipeda - Technical foul

In the rebound situation, Blue 45 and White 14 fight for the ball. The ball is called out-of-bounds and a throw-in is awarded to the Blue team. The White Team's coach is then running on the court towards the referee on the endline. A Technical Foul is assessed to the White team coach.

In the replay, it is visible that White 14 is the last player who touches (left leg) the ball before it goes out-of-bounds. Similarly, the action by the coach meets the criteria of a Technical Foul by disrespectfully communicating with the officials and going on the court.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees.


Tough Call 5: Iberostar Tenerife v Opava - Illegal screen

Yellow 11 makes a screen for defensive player Blue 23 in the key. Blue 23 is never stationary when the contact occurs and is moving to his right from the middle of the key to the top of the key, and a foul should be called on Yellow 11. If the opponent is in motion, the elements of time and distance shall apply. The screener must leave enough space so that the player who is being screened is able to avoid the screen by stopping or changing direction.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees.