Written by Matt Wixon
Bizarre ending of Argyle-Celina girls basketball game left both teams wondering what happened
I feel bad for both the Argyle and Celina girls basketball teams.
For Celina, of course, it's much worse. It would be painful to simply come that close and fall short, but with the bizarre ending, I can understand why Celina fans were (and are) so upset.
Whether there was a foul on the last play is a judgment call by the official. It looks like a foul, but my angle is not as good as the officials' view, and I generally don't question officials' calls because I know they have a very difficult task. And, as a side note, the treatment of officials by fans is as bad as ever.
I haven't heard an explanation of the final seconds by the officials or anything from their officiating chapter, but the ending is one of the stranger things I've seen.
Not because the official might've made a bad call. Officials make bad calls, and many, many more good calls, during a game. They're human. Coaches, players, officials and writers make mistakes.
The thing that makes it so strange is the lack of closure in the moment. Again, I'm just going by the video clips I've seen, but a whistle blows before the buzzer sounds. The Argyle players react like their team has been called for a foul. And then …
The officials run off the court.
Perhaps the official(s) thought that the buzzer sounded before any potential foul. It was close. But from the video, I don't see any official making a definitive signal that the game has ended. There is no arm-waving signal (like an incomplete pass in football) to give both sides an understanding that the game is over.
Right or wrong, that kind of signal would have at least told the fans that a decision was made. At first it looks as if the officials are coming together to confer, but then they run off the court. Players from both teams aren't sure how to react.
Very, very strange.