Portlaoise Panthers: Irish basketball team refuse to replay last 0.3 seconds of quarter-final tie

Portlaoise Panthers have refused to replay the final 0.3 seconds of their match against Limerick Sport Eagles, which took place on March 23. The Eagles won the game 80-78 after a foul call was awarded 1.6 seconds after the buzzer. The Panthers appealed the result because the foul call was made after the game had ended. Basketball Ireland ordered the teams to replay the final 0.3 seconds of the game. However, the Panthers have refused to do so, stating that it would go against the “values of the game of basketball.”

The National League Committee (NLC) initially ruled that the result would stand, as a referee’s decision cannot be retrospectively overturned. However, the Panthers were given the option to appeal to the National Appeals Committee (NAC), which ruled that the match should be replayed in its entirety. Basketball Ireland subsequently said that the option to appeal was “granted in error,” and the NLC ruled that the fixture would not be replayed in full, but that the remaining 0.3 seconds should be played with the Eagles leading 80-78.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Panthers said that replaying the final 0.3 seconds of the Division 1 quarter-final would go against the “values of the game of basketball.” The Panthers stated that they would not require Limerick Sport Eagles, a club they hold in high regard, to travel to Portlaoise to play the remaining 0.3 seconds. The Panthers added that it would be in nobody’s interest and would not be adherent to the values of the game of basketball. The Panthers have made it clear that if they are instructed to take to the court to play the 0.3 seconds, they will refuse to do so.

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Basketball Ireland released a statement later on Wednesday confirming “the matter is now closed.” The Panthers wished Limerick Sport Eagles, UCD Marian, and Tolka Rovers the very best of luck for the remainder of the play-offs.

The table below summarizes the events leading up to the Panthers’ decision to refuse to replay the final 0.3 seconds of their match against Limerick Sport Eagles:

Date Event
March 23 Limerick Sport Eagles beat Portlaoise Panthers 80-78
March 25 The Panthers appealed the result
March 27 Basketball Ireland ordered the teams to replay 0.3 seconds of the game
April 1 The National Appeals Committee (NAC) ruled the match should be replayed in its entirety
April 2 Basketball Ireland said the option to appeal was “granted in error”
April 3 The NLC ruled the fixture would not be replayed in full, but that the remaining 0.3 seconds should be played with the Eagles leading 80-78
April 3 Portlaoise Panthers refused to replay the final 0.3 seconds of their match against Limerick Sport Eagles

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