LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — Controversy surrounding a high school basketball semi-final has outraged players, parents and coaches. The outrage comes after an alleged scoring error cost the Brunswick Academy Girl’s basketball team a chance at the state title.
The drama revolves around one free throw.
In the Division III semi-final game, the official scorekeeper gave Middleburg Academy a point for a free throw they didn’t make, eventually costing Brunswick Academy the game.
“Bottom line is our girls were cheated,” Matt Fimon, Brunswick Academy’s athletic director, said.
After Middleburg Academy missed a free throw, the official scorekeeper awarded them a point. Later, with less than two minutes in the game, the scoreboard, which showed a tied game, died. Despite this, the official scorekeeper’s book said the score was 50-49 in favor of Middleburg Academy.
“Both coaches, both score bookkeepers all came together and said no that is incorrect, the score should be 49-49. The main scorekeeper said no I have the decision on this and left that 50-49 Middleburg,” Fimon said.
The game then went into overtime, both teams with 50 points. In the end, Brunswick Academy lost.
Fimon told 8News that with video evidence and all parties agreeing that the scorekeeper made a mistake, Brunswick Academy appealed the call.
League officials then let the teams replay the last 2.3 seconds of the game. This time, the Brunswick Vikings won. ”The next morning I received a phone call about 9:32 that said they are overturning their decision. Middleburg Academy wins, Brunswick Academy loses,” Fimon said.
8News reached out to VISAA Director Dick Kemper who said the right decision was made in the end because federation rules state once a game is over you can’t go back and replay or change it.
Fimon told 8News he’d like to see some type of change where teams can evaluate the officiating of a game.
8News reached out to Middleburg Academy but they have yet to respond to 8News’ requests for comment.