Intramural three-on-three basketball game stopped early


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Tempers flared Wednesday in the Field House South Gym as Da Heat and the Retreads failed to decide a winner in their second-round intramural three-on-three basketball game.

With the Retreads up 14-13 in the third game of a three-game series tied at one game a piece, intramural official Jon Randle called the game after both teams had been arguing over a disputed foul call.

Intramural rules state that players call their own fouls because actual referees are not present on the courts during play.

"They were competing against each other. They were both going at it pretty hard, giving it their all," Randle said. "[But then] I feel like it got to the point where they weren't competing anymore."

The play that preceded Randle calling the game revolved around the Retreads' captain Chris Hogrefe being forced out of bounds.

Hogrefe was standing on the left wing near the sideline as a teammate came up to set a screen on Da Heat's Charles Ajayi. As both Heat defenders tried to guard against the screen, contact was made between the screener and Ajayi, sending Ajayi into Hogrefe. The sequence ended with the captain being knocked out of bounds.

Hogrefe then called a foul on one of Da Heat's defenders. The two teams however could not come to an agreement, because the Da Heat players felt they should have been awarded possession of the ball.

The situation resulted in a roughly five minute delay before Randle eventually stepped in and ended the game.

When asked what he saw that made him end the game when he did, he said, "It was just a decision I felt was best for the intramural program."

All three games were marked by physical play and arguing over foul calls.

In the first game, the Heat's Brendon Joens suffered a cut lip after some rough play in the paint.

"Lot of elbows and stuff out here," Joens said during the game. "We're playing hard."

On more than one instance, an offensive player threw the ball at the hardwood out of frustration over contact by the defender.

Randle had met with both teams' captains in the second game after mild pushing and shoving had occurred.

He declined, however, to say what his conversation with them was about.

Another area of disagreement throughout was the timing of fouls being called. Several Heat players could be heard throughout the game complaining that Retread players were calling fouls too late in a play. These arguments brought play to a standstill in the third game.

Numerous Retread players, on the other hand, said they had never been in a game in which so much fouling had taken place.

"It was a high-intensity environment," the Retread's Waz Ahmed said.

At one point in the second game, a Heat player started talking trash to Ahmed, something Ahmed described as "threatening post-play activity."

Ahmed responded by saying, "It's intramurals man, it's intramurals."

Chris Moore highlighted actual play with four two-point buckets in the third game for Da Heat. The Retreads' Chris Watts — who stands around 6-8 — was an offensive force in the post, easily scoring on many opportunities because of his large height advantage.

Randle said that a winner would be decided via an "administrative decision" sometime this morning.

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