08 October, 2019
04 October, 2020
44 T.j. Campbell (ANKA)
Tough Calls
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Tough Calls - Round of 16, Game 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: AEK vs Telekom Baskets Bonn – AOS landing

During the last minute of the game, Pink 1 gets the ball and attempts a jump shot. Defender Yellow 44 tries to block the shot. On the landing, there is a contact and the referee calls a personal foul in the act of shooting and awards 3 free throws to Pink 1.

Art. 33.6 states “A player who has jumped into the air from a place on the playing court has the right to land again at the same place. He has the right to land on another place on the playing court provided that the landing place and the direct path between the take-off and landing place is not already occupied by an opponent at the time of take-off”.

Outcome : Correct decision from the referees. When Pink 1 jumped for the shot, the spot where he finally landed was free, so he had the right to land there.


Tough Call 2: Dinamo Sassari vs San Pablo Burgos – Technical Foul

Purple 20 drives to the basket and takes the ball in his hands for a lay-up. Defender White 31 tries to reach the ball but creates a contact in Purple 20’s arm. After the foul, the White Team Coach complains the decision in an open and demonstrative way. He is charged with a technical foul.

Purple 8 attempts the free throw for the technical foul and then Purple 20 attempts the 2 free throws for the personal foul.

Art. 36.3.2 says “The free throw (for the technical fouls) shall be administered immediately, regardless whether the order of any other possible penalties for any other fouls has been determined or whether the administration of the penalties has been started.”

Outcome : Correct decisions from the referees. The contact created by White 31 is a personal foul in the act of shooting. Purple 20 shall attempt 2 free throws. The technical foul to the coach will be penalized with 1 free throw that may be attempted by any player of the Purple Team. This free throw will be the first to be attempted. Then, the free throws for the personal foul will be attempted.


Tough Call 3: Iberostar Tenerife vs Filou Oostende – Foul not in the Act of Shooting

Red 22 drives to the basket while Yellow 25 is guarding him. A contact occurs and the referee calls a personal foul to the defensive player, saying that the basket is valid and awarding an extra free throw to Red 22.

Art. 15.1.3 states “A continuous movement in the act of shooting begins when the ball has come to rest in the player’s hand(s) and the shooting motion, usually upward, has started.”

Outcome : Incorrect decision from the referees. The foul was committed before