Officiating in Maine, Part 3: Those watchful eyes have multiplied


Posted: May 31st, 2011 by Tom Nolette

By Kalle Oakes, Staff Writer

Game tied. Seven seconds remaining in overtime of a tense boys‘ basketball game replete with tournament ramifications.

Visiting team just missed its bid for a game-winning jump shot. Home team corrals the rebound with seven seconds remaining, enough time to dribble down for its own desperation heave.

Three referees — now the state’s norm for many regular-season games and all playoff contests — hustle into proper position. The hosts find the open man on the fly, but a defender’s presence of mind and wing span prevail, deflecting the shot far from its target.

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