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Posted: 01/13/10


Above, junior guard Nathan Fraeyman takes a charging foul while going for a layup at the varsity game against L'Anse Creuse on Jan. 6. Below top, senior guard Ryan Thomas soars through the air to make a layup against L'Anse Creuse. Below bottom, senior forward Jason Schirmer leans into his defender as he runs the baseline during the Jan. 6 varsity game.

(Observer photos by Mike Nicley)

Romeo wins in overtime after
foul called in Dakota game

by RICK DESOTELL
Observer Sports Writer
      Senior guard Ryan Thomas scored 23 points including six in overtime to lead the Romeo High School boys' basketball team to a controversial 77-71 Macomb Area Conference Red Division victory over visiting Macomb Dakota Friday night at Romeo.
       The Cougars, who thought they had won the game in regulation when Mark Morris (game-high 25 points) hit a 3-pointer to give Dakota a 63-62 lead, plan to protest the loss.
       There was nothing controversial about the shot Morris sank. It was a 3-pointer and it did easily beat the buzzer and there was no would-be foul on either side. It's what happened after Morris' shot that will be debated for years to come.
       Reports vary, but the jist of the story is after Morris hit his shot he immediately started sprinting in the direction of the Romeo bench.
       Fellow players and fans followed and eventually wound up being a little too close and even on the Bulldogs bench.
       Words were exchanged and somebody got physical because the officials called a technical foul for excessive celebration on someone from Dakota, giving the Bulldogs two freethrows.
       Now, while it is unusual for the referees to call an infraction before or after a game, the simple truth is a game is not officially over until the referee actually leaves the floor. Why, because of situations like Friday.
       "I'm not sure if it was an elbow or if somebody threw a punch but the referees felt it was bad enough to make a call,'' Romeo Coach Dale Teller said. "I think we were all pretty lucky that it ended right there, it could have gotten real ugly.''
       Thomas had a chance to win the game for Romeo, but missed the first shot before making the second to extend the game.
       Romeo (2-3 overall and 2-0 MAC Red) outscored Dakota 14-8 in the overtime.
       Spencer Szwejk finished with 17 points, Ryan Grzegorzewski had 12 and Eddie Theut had 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
       "I know everyone wants to talk about what happened at the end of the game but I'm more concerned with the fact that we had a seven point lead with less than two minutes to go in regulation and we let them have a chance to win,'' Teller lamented. "We're starting to play better as a unit, we just need to execute better in key situations and I think we will. These kids are working hard.''
       Romeo 57, L'Anse Creuse 39:
       Wednesday, Jan. 6, at L'Anse Creuse, Szwejk finished with a game-high 14 points and Jason Schirmer had 10 points and seven rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to their first win of the year.
       Romeo (1-3 overall and 1-0 MAC Red) led 21-8 after one quarter, 30-22 at the half and 45-29 heading into the fourth.
       Thomas had eight points and seven assists; Theut chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds, Grzegorzewski had five points and Steve Saliga blocked eight shots.
      
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