Buzzer-beater or NOT - Vancouver basketball AAA boys final: St.George VS Kitsilano.MOV





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Published on Mar 5, 2012

Alex Vidic (at 0:29) scored three-point for Kitsilano Blue Demons. One point lead. 9.1 seconds remaining. The Saints inbounded the ball, scored, BUT
(at 2:17) TWO of three referees, on video, called "NO BASKET!"
...BUT then, 30 seconds later, overturned, the "shot was good". WHY???

March 3, 2012.
at St. George's, the Saints (black) VS Kitsilano Blue Demons (white) 58-57

...What's even more unusual than how St. George's entered that tournament is how they got into it, though. The Lower Mainland regional tournament, which draws teams from Burnaby, Richmond and Vancouver proper, is supposed to feature one team from the independent school league private schools like St. George's and Vancouver College compete in (berths are proportionally allocated based on students in a district). However, Vancouver College beat the highly-ranked Saints in a best-two-of-three playoff series. St. George's appealed based on a rule put in in 2005 that allows schools from single-berth leagues to get in if they can prove they're one of the top three teams zone-wide, but that appeal was denied by both the Lower Mainland committee (which counts St. George's coach Guy daSilva as a member) and the B.C. executive committee before being approved by the B.C. board of governors. That expanded the tournament to 13 teams and also relocated it to St. George's and Vancouver College. The decision initially would have had St. George's in the four-team wild-card playoff, but a letter sent on St. George's behalf by the Farris law firm threatened legal action against the Lower Mainland committee if the Saints weren't given direct entry. The committee backed down and let them in, but didn't sound particularly happy about it:

"It is most unfortunate that those who use the threat of legal action are rewarded for this type of behaviour. Acting in the best interest of our member schools and their players and volunteer coaches, we were not prepared to bankrupt our association by having to hire lawyers."

It's not like high-school basketball's normally serene or anything, but the Saints' march through this tournament has added an extra degree of anarchy to it. There's still one tournament left to go, too, and it's the big provincial one. If things continue along these lines, we may well get even more chaos than usual.

by Andrew Bucholtz


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