05 October, 2021
15 May, 2022
Pedro Martinez (MANR)
Tough Calls
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Tough Calls - Play-Ins, Week 1

MIES (Switzerland) - Each week, experts and referees observers are analysing the games. In order to improve the understanding of referees' decisions and 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: JDA Dijon v VEF Riga - Shooter's personal foul

Black 1 attempts a 3-point shot and the referee calls a foul on White 6.

Article 33.2 An offensive player, whether on the floor or airborne, shall not cause contact with the defensive player by spreading his legs or arms to created such a contact with the defensive player during or immediately after a shot for a field goal.

Outcome: Incorrect decision from the referees. It was the shooter Black 1 who extended his leg outside his cylinder. White 6 didn’t commit any infraction to the rules. The game should have continued. 


Tough Call 2: Hapoel U-NET Holon v Besiktas Icrypex - Offensive foul

Purple 1 is in the corner and receives a pass. There is a contact off-the-ball, and the referee calls an offensive foul to Purple 9.

Article 33.7 Screening is an attempt to delay or prevent an opponent without the ball from reaching a desired position on the playing court.

Illegal screening is when the player who is screening an opponent:

  • Was moving when contact occurred.
  • Did not respect the elements of time and distance of an opponent in motion when contact occurred.

Outcome: Correct decision from the referees. Purple 9 committed a blocking foul as he set an illegal screen on a moving opponent. 


Tough Call 3: Hapoel U-NET Holon v Besiktas Icrypex - Unsportsmanlike foul

Purple 44 gets the ball and tries to pass it. A contact occurs and the referees call a personal foul on White 55. After IRS review, they decide to upgrade it to an Unsportsmanlike Foul.

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

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

Outcome: Correct decision from the referees. Purple 44 will be awarded 2 free throws and the game shall be resumed with a Purple team throw-in from the throw-in line in their front court and 14 seconds on the shot clock.