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LuHi receives apology from Federation over costly error

Long Island Lutheran coach John Buck, right, makes

Long Island Lutheran coach John Buck, right, makes his case to officials after his team received a technical foul in Friday's semifinal loss to Stepinac. Credit: Hans Pennink

Long Island Lutheran boys basketball coach John Buck confirmed that he received a letter of apology from the New York State Federation of Secondary School Athletic Associations in regard to the state Federation Class AA semifinal against Archbishop Stepinac in Glens Falls on March 23.

The correspondence outlined the error made in recording timeouts during the game. The official scorer’s error resulted in a technical foul assessed to Long Island Lutheran when — with possession of the ball — it called a timeout with 8.3 seconds remaining in a game that was tied at 72.

The technical foul came after the official scorer notified the referee that Lutheran had no timeouts remaining when in fact it had one left.

Stepinac converted the subsequent two free throws and also was given possession of the ball. Lutheran had to foul and Stepinac hit two more free throws en route to a 76-72 win.

“We appreciate the official acknowledgement of this mistake,” Buck said. “The whole situation is still difficult to process.”

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