Tough Calls - Gameday 1
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: VEF Riga v Mornar Bar - Unsportsmanlike Foul
The player White 0 is in the air for a lay-up. The Blue Defender 24 moves into his path after White 0 had jumped into the air. The referees call a personal foul. The Official Basketball Rules (art. 33.6) indicate that moving under a player who is in the air and causing contact is usually an Unsportsmanlike Foul and, in certain circumstances, may be a disqualifying foul.
Outcome: Incorrect decision from the referees. An Unsportsmanlike Foul should have been called as the contact created by Blue 24 is not a legitimate attempt to directly play the ball within the spirit and intent of the rules.
Tough Call 2: Gaziantep v Peristeri winmasters - Unsportsmanlike Foul
The Blue team steals the ball and Blue 15 starts a fast break/transition play. White 1 is standing in front of him, keeping a LGP (legal guarding position), and taps the ball from behind. After this, he creates a contact on the arm of the offensive player, who then moves his head up to show that he was fouled. The centre referee calls an Unsportsmanlike Foul.
The Official Basketball Rules (art. 46.12) indicate that the crew chief is authorised to use IRS at any time of the game to check whether a foul meets the criteria for such a foul to be considered; personal, unsportsmanlike or disqualifying; to be upgraded or downgraded; as a technical foul.
After the IRS review, the crew chief decides that the contact does not meet the criteria to call this contact as an Unsportsmanlike Foul (C3 an unnecessary contact caused by the defensive player in order to stop the progress of the offensive team in transition) and downgrades his decision to a Personal Foul.
Outcome: Correct decision from the referees. Personal Foul.
Tough Call 3: VEF Riga v Mornar Bar - PNR Hold
The Player White 7 receives the ball from the point guard White 8. He then passes the ball back to White 8 and sets a screen on the defender, Blue 13. As White 7 starts to roll towards the basket, Blue 13 holds White 7 around the waist, illegally restricting White 7's freedom of movement.
Outcome: Correct decision from the referees. Holding foul.
Tough Call 4: AEK v Elan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez - PNR Hold
The player Yellow 44 tries to set a couple of screens on Blue 2 in an effort to get Yellow 0 free. On the last Pick and Roll situation, Blue 22 holds Yellow 44 as he starts to roll towards the basket illegally restricting Yellow 44's freedom of movement.
Outcome: Correct decision from the referees. Holding Foul.