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High school team wins at buzzer on 3-pointer … or wait, maybe not

Jan 18, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

We take you now to Bruce Township, Michigan, where Mark Morris hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give visiting Macomb Dakota High a one-point win over Romeo High. In situations like this, of course, it’s always wise to run over to the losing team’s bench and taunt them, and even sit on their bench and elbow the players to rub in the victory. And be sure to do this before the refs leave the court. Oops. Technical foul. Game not over after all, geniuses!
Romeo, which thought it had lost on the 3-pointer in regulation, hit one of two free throws assessed after the game had ended to tie it, and then won in overtime 77-71.

From the Romeo Obsever, via Bob Reno’s Badjocks:

Reports vary, but the jist of the story is after Morris hit his shot he immediately started sprinting in the direction of the Romeo bench.

Fellow players and fans followed and eventually wound up being a little too close and even on the Bulldogs bench.

Words were exchanged and somebody got physical because the officials called a technical foul for excessive celebration on someone from Dakota, giving the Bulldogs two freethrows.

Now, while it is unusual for the referees to call an infraction before or after a game, the simple truth is a game is not officially over until the referee actually leaves the floor. Why, because of situations like Friday.

“I’m not sure if it was an elbow or if somebody threw a punch but the referees felt it was bad enough to make a call,” Romeo Coach Dale Teller said. “I think we were all pretty lucky that it ended right there, it could have gotten real ugly.”

Thomas had a chance to win the game for Romeo, but missed the first shot before making the second to extend the game. Romeo (2-3 overall and 2-0 MAC Red) outscored Dakota 14-8 in the overtime.

So, did Macomb get screwed? When is a basketball game technically over? Where will the next generation of classless taunters come from if refs pull stunts like this?
Romeo wins in overtime after foul called in Dakota game [The Romeo Observer]

  1. BillyB - Jan 18, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    good call by the ref…learning how to win AND lose is part of good sportsmanship…..taunting and poor sportsmanship should never be allowed in the gym

  2. sportsmom - Jan 18, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Absolutely BillyB. I have two teenagers that play basketball. If I saw this behavior on the court, a technical called against them would be the least of their worries. This type of behavior should never be tolerated by coaches or parents. Good call refs!

  3. Ref in NC - Jan 18, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    I’m a basketball official in North Carolina and this was 100% the correct call. The officials have authority and the game is not officially over until they leave the floor. Taunting does not belong in high school sports and maybe this will teach kids to win AND lose with class.

  4. SM - Jan 18, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Great call by the refs. As mentioned it just as important to learn how to win as it is to lose. Maybe the player & parents learned something!

  5. Tortall - Jan 18, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Kudos tro the officials for making that call. Those kids should be ashamed of themselves. Hopefully they have learned a lesson, but I fear not.

  6. Cygnus - Jan 18, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    So why don’t refs call technical fouls when fans storm the court after a win? This shouldn’t be a game changing call, but rather refs should have the authority to report players/coaches/teams to the local high school sports governance organization. Sed player and teammates could be suspended for future games. A great play should not be negated by antics following regulation play. What if a player from the losing team had done the same action as a poor sport, would the ref had given the winning team some technical free throws?
    On a different note, leopards will always show their spots, and certain types of people will always show their ass in the spotlight.

  7. dakotadan - Jan 18, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    And where do high school kids learn that this behavior is satisfactory? From the countless number of goons in the NFL and college football who dance, pound their chests and otherwise call attention to themselves as if they’ve never been in on a scoring play before. Bravo the refs for having the guts to make this high school call!

  8. FrenchManinUSA - Jan 18, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    This decision is shameful. The other team won fair and square. A little post-game taunting is to be expected. Maybe the other players deserved it for their trash-talk earlier in the game. Now the shoe was on the other foot, or it was until the refs ruined everything with their political correctness. Stop babying these players and treating them like babies.

  9. RMP - Jan 18, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    How is the call shameful? Just all the of the other posts have stated, the refs made the right call. This does not treat them like babies, this does not baby the losing team, this is playing by the rules. If the player was my son or my student on my team, the technical would be the least of their worries. Actions like that have no place on the court. We are supposed to be teaching our kids fair play and how to lose with dignity. This just proves that we aren’t the teacher’s in this instance, it’s the over payed “professional” athletes who think they can act like an idiot and get away with it. Thanks for the lessons boys!

  10. formercoach - Jan 18, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    The refs absolutely made the right call. The players have to accept responsibility for their actions. We want to coddle our kids by relaxing standards and eliminating activities that don’t declare everyone a “winner” but at the same time condone behavior like this. Kudos to the ref for not adhering to the double standard so often seen in our highschools.

  11. Jimmy - Jan 18, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    I agree the kids who taunted the losing team were wrong but I also beleive it was wrong to take the game from the team who scored the most points in regulation. That is compelte BS. The ref is an idiot and he should be disaplined. The kids who acted like jerks should be treated like jerks off of the court but not the kids who acted correctly in victory!!!

  12. SanClementeJedi - Jan 18, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    We once got a T called on us during warmups in High School. lol I think it was good call be gracious in victory and this wouldnt happen.,

  13. Ken - Jan 18, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    While the article is vague, where was the Dakota coach when all this broke out? If the coach was more aggressive in pulling his players off the court, the ref may have been more understanding. Otherwise, it was a correct call. Hopefully, it taught the knuckleheads a lesson.

  14. Oznogg - Jan 18, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    What the kids need to learn and why the call was correct was not only is it unacceptable to act like an idiot when you win or lose but if you are part of a ‘team’ your actions not only reflect on you but on your team as well. Kids have no sense of consequences today and this might provide a great lesson for them. Absolutely the right call by the ref.

  15. TimKinPA - Jan 18, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Absolutely the right call by officials. And Jimmy, disciplining the official for making the call? Come on. You sir, or more likely young man, should grow up.

  16. Oznogg - Jan 18, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    What the kids need to learn and why the call was correct was not only is it unacceptable to act like an idiot when you win or lose but if you are part of a ‘team’ your actions not only reflect on you but on your team as well. Kids have no sense of consequences today and this might provide a great lesson for them. Absolutely the right call by the ref.

  17. R.T. - Jan 19, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    Taunting should not be allowed in ALL sports, be it peewees to the pros. I hate it when the pros “celebrate” after each little thing the do. Lets stop the “look at me” mentality, as well as the uhly taunting that is all too familiar in sports these days. And you as an official should do your part and blow the whistle whenever you see the excessive.

  18. LINDA - Jan 19, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    As Vince Lombardi once said-When you get into the end zone, act like you’ve been there before-That is the attitude of all the athletes I have EVER admired.

  19. Paul in KY - Jan 19, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Excellent call by refs. Hope the jerk that did that has alot of time (when his coach has him running stairs at 0530) to ruminate on his folly.

  20. Todd in Mich. - Jan 20, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Folks criticizing the officials, and even calling them “idiots,” are obviously fans who know little about the rules of the game and the spirit of high school sports. First of all, by rule, and based on what happened, the officials were absolutely correct in assessing a “T,” which accordingly to proper procedure resulted in overtime and ultimately a reversal of who “won” the game. Second, the game involves a lot more than just the final score, and the officials are charged with managing ALL aspects of the game until they leave the “visual confines of the court” (the wording in the Rules book). That would include issues of sportsmanship. While ideally, they might have quickly exited and not “seen” what happened, it appears the player in question acted immediately and blatantly, and gave the officials little chance to “not see” the unsporting act. So get off your high, self-righteous horse and recognize that the officials simply enforced the rule. If you prefer to allow such acts without letting them impact the game, then go cry to the right source–namely, the National Federation of State High School Associations, who WRITE the rules.