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Illegal uniforms cost team in playoff loss

Discussion in 'The OT' started by fluffybear, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    Teams have lost basketball games at the charity stripe. They've lost because a referee wearing black and white stripes made a bad call.

    Losing partly because of a stripe on their uniforms is a little rarer.
    But that's what happened before the opening tipoff Friday at the Illinois 3A state semifinal basketball game in Peoria, where referees assessed a technical foul on North Lawndale College Prep because stripes on the sides of its uniform violated a National Federation of State High School Associations rule.

    Champaign Centennial's Jeff Johnson sank one of two free throws, giving the Chargers a 1-0 lead before the opening tip. Centennial also was awarded the ball to start the game. When the final buzzer had sounded, Centennial had won by one point, 66-65.

    Full Article: http://highschool.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=927371
  2. deanconst96

    deanconst96 AllStar

    Jul 15, 2008
    c'est la vie
  3. Fontano

    Fontano Godfather

    Feb 7, 2008
    I heard that discussion on the radio.
    According to the story, they had been warned several times during the season that their uniform didn't follow to the rules.

    As for the loss being attributed to the extra point, and the ball given to the other team to start (instead of a jump).

    There is no guarantee that if that didn't happen, the outcome wouldn't be any different.
    Who knows, there could have been a tip and a foul on the jump, and the entire game could have played out differently.
  4. Christopher Gould

    Christopher Gould Icon

    Jan 14, 2007
    i thought i read the losing team had a 21 point lead at one point in the game, and the choked.
  5. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    A technical foul at the beginning of the game is fair. They had the whole game to make it up. They didn't lose the game because of the penalty. They lost because they didn't overcome the penalty.

    Considering the prior warnings it is fair. They are lucky that they were not just told to forfeit the game. They had a chance to win ... a fair chance. It isn't like they were tied and a ref called the foul at the end of the game.
    To blame it on the enforcement of the uniform rule is poor sportsmanship.

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