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Franklin County Flyers

Now that the NBA and the college ranks have adopted an instant replay variation, allowing them to check for game/shot clock violations and other anomalies, it appears as if high school basketball is in desperate need of such an alteration as well. Just ask the Flyers of Franklin County, Kentucky. The state of Kentucky is currently in the process of seeding their high Sweet Sixteen tournament; something that’s done with regional tournaments where the respective winners advance to the state championship.

In one of the quarterfinal games, Franklin County played Lexington powerhouse Henry Clay, and it looked like the Flyers would advance, thanks to a last-second shot that clearly went in before the game clock expired.

Unfortunately, the referees waved the shot off, saying it happened after time ran out — something the video shows as false. Unfortunately, there’s no instant replay in Kentucky high school basketball, and, because of that, a team is being punished due to in-game officials making a horrible game-deciding call. In fact, the call was so poor, the crew should be punished for their mistake. Editorials aside, it’s obvious high school basketball needs to catch up with their big-league counterparts, because there’s no reason those kids should suffer because three referees don’t believe what their eyes told them.

After the jump, video and reaction >>