Well, that was fun.
Last night, in the championship game between the Lawton-Fort Sill Calvary and Rochester RazorSharks at the Great Plains Coliseum not only did fights break out between fans, but referees were attacked and accusations of match fixing.
The game was called with .06 seconds left in the game, with the Calvary trailing the RazorSharks 87-84, while having 37 fouls called against in comparison to their opponents.
With the fouls being so one-sided, fans became upset and at one point a fan was ejected from the building after getting involved with the referee.
The circus did not end there, with foam basketballs being thrown onto the court and a technical foul being assessed to the fans but the worst was yet to come.
Eddie Smith stole the ball for the Calvary and the home team broke down the caught, with Smith going to the basket the ref called a foul, however, another referee came over and overturned the call and instead the play was called out-of-bounds. It was a blatantly bad call and the final straw for many fans, who bashed the officials for the rest of the game and have fuel accusations of match fixing.
To fuel the complaints and the confusion, the Calvary returned to the floor after the game and announced themselves as the 2011 PBL Champions to the delight of the home crowd.
The Premier League Basketball side has yet to update the final score and announce a winner, while the RazorSharks organization has since posted their own recap and announced their championship.
Both Halifax and Saint John have pulled out of the Premier Basketball League.
“”After watching the final playoff series and analyzing the statistics, I have decided to withdraw the Halifax Rainmen from the Premier Basketball League. I am appalled by the officiating that took place during the playoffs, and am ashamed of the PBL’s operations this season. I want nothing but the best for our city, our fans, our sponsors, and our players, and I can say with confidence that the best is no longer found in the PBL.” – Halifax Rainmen President and CEO, Andre Levingston
“The manner in which the playoffs were handled was unconscionable and we want no part of it. We do not recognize the Rochester RazorSharks as champions, nor do any of the other teams in the PBL I am sure. We are more excited than ever about the future prospects for professional basketball in the City of Saint John next season. We will be working hard in the coming days and weeks to decide our best options.” – Saint Jhn Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy.