It was buzzer beater that knocked Eldorado out of the State High School Basketball Championship game.
Even the announcer was shocked.
“A rebound at the buzzer, by Watson… and no it doesn’t count… they say it counts! They’re gonna count it,” said the announcer at Thursday’s semi-final boy’s basketball game at The Pit.
The controversy started the moment the refs made the call. When the video is slowed down, it appears the ball is still in the Cleveland player’s hands when the time runs out and the buzzer sounds.
“It was obvious, really obvious,” said Eldorado student Shawn Prue, who attended the game.
Eldorado students said it was clearly a bad call.
“His feet were still on the ground and the buzzer went off afterwards and he let go of the ball and it went in, and they still counted the point,” said another student, Ziairah Carreon.
Fans are disappointed, and they feel bad for the basketball team.
“It wasn’t right, it wasn’t fair at all,” said Carreon.
“All the seniors… it sucks to lose. Their final game of their career is gonna be on a last second gypped shot,” said Prue.
Eldorado fans even sent us screenshots of the moment in question, saying that call should have been replayed.
“I think they should install a replay thing or something so we don’t have to go through this ever again,” said Prue.
However, taking back the call won’t happen.
“When all is said and done, what the officials’ judgment is stands,” said Dusty Young, the Associate Director of the New Mexico Activities Association.
Complaints are also coming in about Cleveland’s coach, Sean Jimenez, and his behavior after the game, rubbing the win in Eldorado’s face.
“To do that… it’s disgusting to be honest,” said Prue.
Jimenez responded to KRQE News 13, “This is taking away from our team’s hard fought win.”
The NMAA said it’s looking into it.
“Anytime we hear concerns about a coach or a student athlete or administrator, or even spectators regardless of sportsmanship we’re of course going to take that very seriously, and we’re gonna investigate that,” said Young.
News 13 also reached out to Eldorado’s Basketball coach Roy Sanchez, he said
Well played game, in the future could use technology to review in state tournament games with all game streamed. Really proud of my players who were first class all year.
Cleveland will be going up against Atrisco Heritage on Saturday for the Class 6-A Championship. Neither team has ever won a state basketball Championship.