By now, you have probably heard about all the chaos regarding the final seconds of last Saturday’s girls basketball 3A Region II girls final at Texas A&M-Commerce between Celina and Argyle
Thousands have watched an annotated version of the final 4.8 seconds of Argyle’s 51-50 double overtime victory against Celina that has made the rounds across the Internet.
The contention revolves around whether Celina’s Kynese Davis was fouled right before time expired. A whistle was blown before the final buzzer sounded, and then the referees departed from the court without giving an explanation to either coaching staff.
If a foul was called, Davis would have shot three free throws and had a chance to tie or win the game for the Lady Cats.
Folks in Celina will tell you that it was a foul. Folks in Argyle will say that she traveled first.
Either way, Argyle head coach Skip Townsend said his squad has put the incident in the past and is looking ahead to this weekend’s Class 3A state tournament in Austin. The Lady Eagles (35-1) face Geronimo Navarro (33-7) at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in the 3A state semifinals.
“We’ve forgot about that,” Townsend said. “We’ve moved on. That’s out of our control. We have no control over that. We had no control over that in the first place. It wasn’t anything that we did. We just played hard and tried to win the game. That’s all that we can do.”
Here’s the video of “The Call” for you to see the disputed no-call made by the crew from Temple.
Earlier today, the University Interscholastic League issued a statement regarding the situation and essentially said nothing will be done regarding the end of the game because it was a judgment call by the officials.
The situation after the game was chaotic. Celina’s parents were livid over the situation, and after the Texas A&M-Commerce athletic department staff was reamed for the poor call, a melody of boos reigned down from the home stands as Argyle received its trophy.
When asked if they post-game situation took away from his team’s ability to celebrate the win, Townsend said there was no doubt about that.
“It was really an ugly situation down there when our kids were receiving our trophy,” Townsend said. “Celina plays hard, and they’re a great team. But we won. I think we should have been respected, but we weren’t. We were booed when we got our trophy. I don’t understand. We’re talking about kids here. But hey, we’ll move on.”
When it comes to the officiating crew, both Argyle and Celina fans probably had good reasons to gripe throughout the contest.
Sitting next to a ref evaluator. He has 2 1/2 pages of notes. I asked if they were good things and he said, "I don't put good things down."
— Ben Baby (@Ben_Baby) February 22, 2014
Townsend is familiar with head-scratching calls in important playoff games.
Back when Townsend was at Copperas Cove, his girls basketball squad played Skyline in the 1997 5A regional semifinals. Skyline knocked down a shot at the buzzer to win it, but Townsend was among the 4,000 people or so who didn’t know if the shot counted.
Townsend walked out of the gym, knocked on the door of the officials’ room and asked, “Was that basket good?”
As his story goes, Townsend walked back into the gym and told the crowd the shot counted.