At this point, if this was an episode of The Simpsons, Nelson Muntz would come out and say “Ha, hah!” We, of course, would never stoop to such taunting.
There was nothing controversial about the shot Morris sank. It was a 3-pointer and it did easily beat the buzzer and there was no would-be foul on either side. It’s what happened after Morris’ shot that will be debated for years to come. 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.
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