Protested Fort Wayne-Syracuse Game in 1947

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Protested Fort Wayne-Syracuse Game in 1947

Postby Robert Bradley » Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:03 am

When doing some research on the 1946-47 NBL season game-by-game results we ran across, a 16Feb47 game in which Ft. Wayne defeated Syracuse 57-56 on a shot at the end of the game.

Syracuse coach Benny Borgmann and his boss Danny Biasone (who also served as the game's official scorer) protested, claiming it came after the game was over.

I haven't been able to find any evidence of the protest being upheld or denied, although the league standings over the next week seem to indicate that the game was awarded to Syracuse.

Is anyone familiar with the circumstances, or able to find an article later in the month to shed some light on this? There were at least two other protests upheld that year (in games between Youngstown & Detroit and Chicago & Rochester) so there was a precedent for the league intervening.
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Re: Protested Fort Wayne-Syracuse Game in 1947

Postby Robert Bradley » Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:39 pm

According to Roger Meyer the Syracuse protest was upheld on 23Jan47 and the game was award to Syracuse 56-55.
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Re: Protested Fort Wayne-Syracuse Game in 1947

Postby Jay » Mon Apr 15, 2013 3:23 am

From Syracuse Herald Journal, 2/24/47-

Nationals Win In Reverse
Syracuse Nats’ officials this morning received notification that the protest lodged over the Fort Wayne victory at the expense of Syracuse in Indiana a few weeks ago, had been allowed by league officials. The Nats were beaten by a point. Syracuse players insisted the winning Zollner basket had dropped through the net after regulation time. The verdict allowed Syracuse to hold fourth position.
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Re: Protested Fort Wayne-Syracuse Game in 1947

Postby Mike Goodman » Mon Apr 15, 2013 12:05 pm

Jay wrote:... the winning Zollner basket had dropped through the net after regulation time...

I wonder if there was a rule clarification around this time.
Nowadays, the ball may drop through the net after time has expired, provided the ball left the shooter's hand before time expired.
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Re: Protested Fort Wayne-Syracuse Game in 1947

Postby Robert Bradley » Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:21 pm

Mike, I haven't seen anything specific as to whether there was a difference in the rules as to the shot going through the hoop before or after time expired. I would assume the rule was the same and that they refer to the time the shot was released, and this was just the wording used by the person who wrote the article.

And it may have been timed by an analog clock, which would make things even more difficult for the timer and officials.
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