Two games. Two losses. Three contentious calls.
The Roncalli and Two Rivers boys basketball teams each suffered difficult home losses recently in which the end result of the back-and-forth battles was overshadowed by calls made by the game’s officials.
On Friday, with Wrightstown set to inbound the ball with 15.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter down 49-47 to Roncalli, the referees conferred at the scorer’s table and ruled two extra points had been awarded to Roncalli, thus making it 47-47.
Wrightstown was fouled with 4.2 seconds left on the ensuing possession to go to the free throw line for two shots. With the first one made, Roncalli rebounded the missed second attempt but could not get a shot off as the buzzer signaled a 48-47 Jets loss.
On Tuesday, in a 61-59 double-overtime loss to Sheboygan Falls, Two Rivers won the tip off of the first overtime period, only to have the referees rule they were not ready for play to begin. On the redo, Sheboygan Falls won the tip and went on to score.
Late in the second overtime, with the Raiders leading, Two Rivers stole an inbounds pass by Sheboygan Falls only to have the referees rule once again they were not set for play to begin.
Trying again, Sheboygan Falls successfully inbounded the ball and scored.
“I told them I was proud of them, that they didn’t let it affect how hard they played,” Two Rivers coach Randy Fredrikson said on Wednesday when asked about what he said to the team after the game. “They still played through it and they didn’t let it take their intensity away. They just kept playing hard.
“Our guys didn’t want to use it as an excuse. We had opportunities to win the game. We just have to perform better and we can’t use it as an excuse. I saw that attitude from my team and I was very proud of that.”
The Jets showed in their first game after Friday’s contest that they could rebound from a tough and controversial loss as they defeated Mishicot 74-31 on Tuesday night for the road win.
Two Rivers will get its opportunity to rebound on Friday as it travels to take on Kiel
Fredrikson said he was prepared entering Wednesday’s practice to address his players on what all transpired Tuesday night, but he found he didn’t need to.
“They had already moved on. The old cliche is one game at a time, and that game is over and done with and we have a game Friday night and they have moved on,” Fredrikson said. “They know they have a job Friday night and that was the focus (of Wednesday’s practice). I think that’s a credit to our kids and our senior leadership. They were just ready to move on.”