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Tough Calls - Week 8

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: Sidigas Avellino v Nizhny Novgorod - No foul

Black 19 drives to the basket and, in the air, creates a contact by his left arm with defensive player White 4. The contact is created by Black 19 and he is therefore responsible for it. The contact is not illegal, thus putting Black 19 in disadvantage because it is created by him. No foul should be called on this play – legal play.

Outcome: Incorrect decision by referees.


Tough Call 2: Montakit Fuenlabrada v Brose Bamberg - Personal foul

White 6 passes the ball over the front court and defensive player Red 31 is able to deflect the pass. After that, White 33, who tries to catch the pass as well, is late and creates an illegal contact. The contact is quite hard due to the fact that 2 players are jumping to each other, it is still a normal basketball action. A personal foul should be called on White 33.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees.


Tough Call 3: Promitheas Patras v Filou Oostende - Semicircle rule

As result of the fastbreak, White 15 drives to the basket and is an airborne player when he contacts with Red 24. It looks like Red 24 is in his position earlier than White 15 when he jumps off to score, but Red 24 has still his left foot touching the semi-circle line. On any penetration play into the no-charge semi-circle area, any contact caused by an airborne offensive player with a defensive player inside the no-charge semi-circle shall not be called as an offensive foul, unless the offensive player is illegally using his hands, arms, legs or body.

This rule applies when:

  • The offensive player is in control of the ball whilst airborne, and
  • He attempts a shot for a field goal or passes off the ball, and
  • The defensive player has one foot or both feet in contact with the no-charge semi-circle area.

In this example, either a "no call" or a defensive foul should be called (the situation is a very close call, because Red 24 is momentarily in contact with the semi-circle line).

Outcome: Incorrect decision by referees. 



Tough Call 4: Promitheas Patras v Filou Oostende - Travel violation

Red 3 drives to the basket. He gathers the ball when his left foot is touching the floor (so called zero step), then he takes three more steps right-left-right and stops. 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 and the second step occurs after the first step when the other foot touches the floor or both feet touch the floor simultaneously. A travel violation should be called.

Outcome: Correction decision by referees.


Tough Call 5: Promitheas Patras v Filou Oostende - Shot clock management

White team starts its new team possession with 2.54 remaining. White 1 takes a jump shot that misses the rim, after what the shot clock is mistakenly re-set to 14 as White team continues the offense. When the game clock shows 2.39, the referees correctly stop the game, but re-set the shot clock to 11. The shot clock should be re-set to 9 seconds (2.54 – 2.39 = 15 elapsed).

Outcome: Incorrect decision by referees to determine the remaining time on the shot clock.