Articles by Tim Malloy
In the first half closing seconds of a hotly contested game in front of a boisterous home crowd, visiting player A-1 steals the ball from B-1 near mid-court and dribbles quickly to the basket trying to score before time expires.
During A-1’s power drive — an apparent premature horn is heard and a startled A-1 launches a shot that caroms off the backboard.
The official closest to the action blows their whistle and it is quickly determined the errant horn did not come from the scorer’s table, but from the rambunctious student section of the home team, who are now enjoying their moment in the spotlight.
In a basketball game with older and more skilled athletes, the action around the basket can often require officials to make quick and decisive rulings on players touching the ball, the ring and the net.
Do you know when a player can legally contact any of the above mentioned game pieces?
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