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February 21, 2014

Phantom points - phantom win?

Questions brewing after film study suggests Hirschi was given two unearned points in Rams’ one-point playoff loss

By CLINT FOSTER

It was almost everything you could hope for from a basketball game.

Almost.

In their first-round playoff game, Tuesday night in Bridgeport, against the favored, 21st-ranked Wichita Falls Hirschi Huskies, the Mineral Wells Rams (15-12) fell one point short of a thrilling upset, losing 63-62 despite storming back from a 10-point deficit.

But, after further review, there may have been more to this “loss” than meets the eye.

In fact, many of the Rams faithful have said, had it not been for a crucial scoring mistake, Mineral Wells should not have lost the game at all.

Mineral Wells head basketball coach Aaron Pappas told the Index after reviewing the game film with his assistant coaches “three or four times,” it became clear to them that Hirschi was credited with two points late in the second quarter that were never scored.

“We watched it extensively,” Pappas said of the game tape. “We charted every shot made on film. Apparently, they had 33 points at half instead of 35 (which is what the scoreboard read).

“That makes a big difference in the outcome of the game. The official scorebook had it ‘63-62, Hirschi.’ There’s nothing that can be done about it and I don’t want to take anything away from Hirschi, because they played a great game.

“But if everything was like it was supposed to be, we win the game, 62-61.”

Play-by-play voice of the Rams Tony Eierdam of QXFM radio, 88.5 FM, described the scene during the second quarter in Bridgeport that night that led to so much confusion.

“Broderick Johnson had just scored to make it 20-19, Rams, but the scorebook official put two points up for Hirschi,” Eierdam said. “That’s when I told the listeners, at the time, that the scoreboard was wrong and I’d have to look and see if they fixed it.

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