Santa Cruz Warriors’ protest granted for misapplication of rules

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2018 – The NBA G League today granted a game protest filed by the Santa Cruz Warriors after their 116-113 loss to the Iowa Wolves on Jan. 19 at Kaiser Permanente Arena.  The league’s decision will result in the replay of the final 17.5 seconds of the game with the score tied at 111-111 and Santa Cruz in possession of the ball.

The Warriors protested the game because they were incorrectly assessed a technical foul for calling an excessive timeout with 17.5 seconds remaining in the game when, instead, a reset timeout should have been granted.  The technical foul resulted in a successful free throw by Iowa, a loss of possession and subsequent intentional foul by Santa Cruz, and two more successful free throws by Iowa – putting the Wolves ahead 114-111.  The sequence caused by the incorrect technical foul clearly and unfairly impacted the outcome of the game.

The replay will occur on March 23 in Santa Cruz before the teams’ scheduled 10 p.m. ET game.