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Tough Calls - Week 9

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: AEK vs CEZ Nymburk - Personal foul

Black 24 is in the low post with the ball and having his back facing the basket. Yellow 32 has legal defensive actions to guard the player with the ball to maintain his own position. When Black 24 turns around and faces the basket, his moves and his arms (left arm) hit the face of Yellow 32 (visible in replay). The contact has an effect on the play and it is illegal, but still a normal basketball action. A personal foul should be called on Black 24.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees.


Tough Call 2: medi Bayreuth vs SIG Strasbourg - IRS

White 24 takes a jump shot at the end of the shot clock period and the shot clocks shows 0.0, and the yellow light in the backboard indicates the end of the shot clock period. Referees call a shot clock violation. In the last 2 minutes of the game, referees can use the Instant Replay System to review if the called shot clock violation was correct. In the replay it is visible that, when the yellow light appears, the ball was is still in the hand of the shooter and a shot clock violation occurred.

Outcome: Correct decision by referees.


Tough Call 3: JDA Dijon vs Brose Bamberg - Foot violation

Blue 4 passes the ball, which hits the foot of defensive player White 21, whose foot is stationary. A player shall not run with the ball, deliberately kick or block it with any part of the leg or strike it with the