20 October, 2020
09 May, 2021
Yohan Rosso
Tough Calls
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Tough Calls - Play-Offs Gameday 6

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 Nizhny Novgorod - UF

With 5.2 seconds to the end of the game, the Yellow team has the ball for a throw-in.  Yellow 8 receives the ball and Black 44 creates a contact with him. The referee calls a personal foul. 

Article 37.1.1    An unsportsmanlike foul is a player contact which, in the judgement of a referee is:

  • Contact with an opponent and not legitimately attempting to directly play the ball within the spirit and intent of the rules.

Outcome: Incorrect decision from the referees. Black 44 created an illegal contact that cannot be considered as a legitimate attempt to directly play the ball within the spirit and intent of the rules. An Unsportsmanlike Foul should have been called on Black 44 and 2 free throws awarded to Yellow 8, followed by a throw-in for the Yellow team from the throw-in line in their front court.


Tough Call 2: SIG Strasbourg vs Türk Telekom - Travelling

White 33 receives the ball in his teams 3-point field goal area. He pump fakes his shot, thus avoiding Black 25 attempt to block the shot and then scores the basket. 

 Article 25.2.1    A player who catches the ball while standing with both feet on the floor:

  • To pass or shoot for a field goal, the player may jump off a pivot foot, but neither foot may be returned to the floor before the ball is released from the hand(s).

Outcome: Incorrect decision from the referees. White 33 committed a travelling violation because he lifted both feet, and then returned to the floor before releasing the ball for a pass or a shot for a field goal.


Tough Call 3: Pinar Karsiyaka vs Happy Casa Brindisi - Fake Being Fouled

Blue 9 receives the ball in the corner and jumps to attempt a 3-point shot. After releasing the ball, the referee calls a technical foul to Blue 9 for faking being fouled. 

Article 33.16     Fake is any action by a player to simulate that he has been fouled or to make theatrical exaggerated movements in order to create an opinion of being fouled and therefore gaining an advantage. 

Article 36.2.1     A technical foul is a player non-contact foul of a behavioural nature including, but not limited to:

  • Fake being fouled 

Article 36.3.2    The opponents shall be awarded 1 free throw. The game shall be resumed as follows:

  • The free throw shall be administered immediately. After the free throw, the throw-in shall be administered by the team which had control of the ball or was entitled to the ball when the technical foul was called, from the place nearest to where the ball was located when the game was stopped.

Outcome: Correct decision from the referees. There was no contact created by the defender. Blue 9 fell to the floor pretending he had been fouled. The White team shall attempt 1 free throw with no line-up and the White team shall have the ball for a throw-in as they had the possession of the ball when the technical foul was called.