Isiah Thomas Rick Lewis made a big deal about an alleged phantom call after the whistle in Satirday night’s game. From the Herald:
The Millrats scored the deciding point on a foul shot after Halifax’s Jermaine Anderson fouled a Manchester player on a Hail Mary pass at the buzzer. Rainmen head coach Rick Lewis said it appeared there was no time left on the clock when Anderson committed the foul, but the officials added a fraction of a second back on after the foul was called.
“Their guy made the first foul shot after that and they ran off the court celebrating,” Lewis said. “It was a tough way to lose.”
Fortunately there is actually video of this game. Check it out. At 33:05 you can clearly see that there is a foul, and it is well before the buzzer goes. Had Anderson not fouled Sanders it would have been an easy putback for him, but here’s my question: why is it that the other team’s best player/powerforward in the key and the closest player to him is our point guard? Where was Booyer or whoever else was at PF? How does this happen on the last play of the game?
Even worse is what happens at 30:36: The 3D light is on and there is an out of bounds play for the Millrats. A time out is called and coming out of a timeout the Rainmen somehow lose a man for an uncontested lay up worth three points. HEY LEWIS: GET THE TEAM’S DEFENSIVE ASSIGNMENTS SORTED OUT BEFORE YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT THE REFS.
In addition to the terrible blunder on the baseline inbounds, the game just never should have been this close. Manchester are severely undermanned right now and were in a huge losing skid. The game never should have been that close, and Lewis’ inability to make this team succeed in games that come down to the final few posessions is embarassing.