In basketball, a 4-point play is pretty unusual. It happens every once in a while, when a player gets fouled while shooting a three-pointer, makes it anyway, and drains the foul shot. That's pretty cool. It's nothing, however, compared to the 17-point play that Rio Americano High School pulled off last Friday.
Down by 5 points with 12 seconds left, things were looking pretty grim for the RA Raiders boys basketball team. However, in a crazy turn of events, they ended up with 18 foul shots.
From the Sacramento Bee:
It's safe to say that we have all seem some poor officiating in our day, and no doubt there have been some calls that had a direct impact on the outcome of a game. But the officials in this one took it to a whole new level.
Burton was assessed a technical foul and ejected.
Gonzalez said he, his father Paul, a Broncos' assistant, and seven bench players were assessed technicals for going onto the court. Each technical resulted in two shots."
By awarding a team 18 free throws, they took the game completely out of the players' hands, and turned it into a free throw shooting drill. Bella Vista was awarded 8 free throws, as well, making six of them. Rio Americano's Zach Nathanson shot all 18 shots for their team, and made 17 of them, resulting in a 68-62 victory.
No word yet on whether or not David Stern has contacted the officials concerning their availability for the upcoming NBA playoffs, but they seem like they would definitely fit the bill.
High School Basketball Team Pulls Off Rare 17-Point Play For The Win [Sac Bee] via [Deadspin]