(3-16-19) Ohio High School basketball lit up twitter yesterday when national TV analyst Jay Bilas posted the following and received an answer from OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass in a tweet.
Bilas was commenting on an article that appeared on the Dayton Sports Huddle – OHSAA upholds Marchal suspension without comment or explanation
Why the fuss? Centerville senior point guard Ryan Marchal was given two technical fouls in the last 1:09 of their win over Springfield in the Regional semifinal earlier this week. OHSAA rules will force Marchal to sit out Saturday’s Regional final game with Cincinnati Moeller, plus the State semifinal game if the Elks beat Moeller.
According to the Dayton Sports Huddle article , Centerville AD Rob Dement, who had filed an appeal was informed that the OHSAA had denied the Elks’ appeal and ruled that it will uphold the decisions of the referees,
Dayton Sports Huddle, according to the article, reached out to the OHSAA seeking comment on the video footage and asked to interview the administrator who was in charge of the basketball officials for an explanation on why the technicals were called and why the suspension was upheld. The response they received from a spokesperson (no name given):
“We have not seen the video yet and won’t be able to process the ejection report until next week. We are conducting the girls basketball state tournament this week.”
The above statement contradicts what Snodgrass said in his reply to Bilas.
In question by the Sports Huddle are the two technicals that were called to force Marchal to sit out two games.
Below you can see the video and the calls in question of the final minute, Marchal is #0 in the dark uniform.
Post season refs by the OHSAA in all the games boys and girls has been some of the worst I’ve seen even at the pee wee level of sports! These refs should all be ashamed as well as the Ohsaa association! Ryan Marchal better be playing come Saturday. Flat out terrible refs!!!!! pic.twitter.com/liYFFWGu4W
— dundiditsportsclips (@dundiditsports1) March 14, 2019