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I’m a fan first: Basketball’s most misunderstood rules, Part 3

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2013

The best in-game slam dunk I ever witnessed live and in person happened in a small gym in a little town in Kentucky, and actually turned into one of my most miserable basketball memories.

The play happened during my senior year at Geneva (Pa.) College during a tournament at Centre College in Danville, Ky. against Messiah (Pa.) College. I can still remember every detail of the fast-break play — the point guard’s perfectly placed pass, the forward’s breathtaking flight through the air and violent dunk, the helpless look of the Messiah defender, the tweet of the official’s whistle and even my own leap up off the bench.

Unfortunately though, not only did the dunk never officially count for my Golden Tornadoes team, but it actually set off a wild eight-point swing for our opponents. I understand now how difficult the lead official’s call was — made in a split-second of a competitive college basketball game in perhaps the game’s most difficult judgment-call situation — but I still can’t separate my biased feelings from my perspective on the play now, years later.

For the complete article see the 01-07-2013 issue.

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