A controversial, final-second ruling in a 60-58 win by Westchester-Los Angeles High at Bullard Friday night involved basket interference, not a time issue, says the official who made the call.
Calvin Young’s tip-in that would have sent the game into overtime was waved off by Tim Johnson, one of three officials working the first round game of the Southern California Regional Open Division boys basketball playoff.
“The call I had was basket interference,” Johnson said Saturday morning.
Basket interference has an offensive player touching a ball that is on or within the cylinder.
Johnson, from the Tulare/Kings County Officials Association, said he has since reviewed the play from a television newscast.
“I stand behind the call,” said Johnson, the trailing official who viewed the play from the backcourt. “I think it confirms it totally.”
A still shot taken off a KGPE-47 video of the play shows Young’s left hand, upon first contact with the ball, clearly in front of the rim. But a piece of the ball appears to be above the rim.
Bullard coach Tony Amundsen, who spoke briefly with Johnson as the official was rushing off the floor with his partners, was under the impression immediately following the game the tip-in was disallowed because the official felt time had expired.
In a chaotic scene, Knights fans — many reviewing cell phone photos or videos of the play — thought it was a time issue, also.
A photo taken from a cell phone by Teaghan Finks — the 14-year-old son of Bullard athletic director Doug Finks — showed what appears to be 0.2 remaining on the clock as the ball is in the basket.
Turns out, that was a moot point.