Acalanes Protest Denied, Campolindo Boys to CIF-NCS Title Match

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The outcome to Thursday’s CIF-North Coast Section D1 boys’ semi-final between Acalanes and Campolindo has been finalized nearly 24 hours after the competition ended. The section has declared Campolindo the winner of the controversial match after overturning a post-game decision in which Acalanes was awarded the win.

That conclusion was briefly rendered on the NCS web site which indicated that fifth-seeded Acalanes had completed a shocking upset of the No. 1 seeded defending champions. The site was soon updated to read that the matter was “under review,” leaving second-seeded, semi-final winners Miramonte in flux about their championship opponents.

Stephanie Hammon of the Contra Costa Times details the essence of the controversy:

…Acalanes was leading Campolindo 11-10 when the final buzzer initially sounded. But Campolindo claimed it had called a timeout when it gained possession of the ball with five seconds left, only the coach’s air horn never sounded. The five seconds were put back on the clock, and the Cougars scored at the buzzer, forcing a sudden death third overtime.

Campolindo scored quickly in sudden death and the game ended. The Cougars exited the pool believing they had won 12-11. But Acalanes protested the result, and the NCS initially upheld that protest, posting on its website that the Dons had won 11-10.

Miramonte and Campolindo will face each other on Saturday at Acalanes High School for the section championship.

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