Tennessee girls basketball teams tried to throw same game, barred from playoffs

Two Tennessee girls high school basketball teams were banned Tuesday from their district's postseason after reportedly trying to lose a game against each other.

According to FOX news, there were several issues during the game that may have given it away: one team intentionally missed 12 of its 16 free-throw attempts; the other did everything it could to avoid crossing half court in order to get called for a 10-second violation; one player stood inside the paint and motioned to the ref to call a 3-second violation.

The game got so obvious that a referee called the two coaches together after one of the players tried to score in the wrong basket.

"That is when I called both coaches together and told them we are not going to make a travesty or mockery of the game," the referee's account said, according to The Washington Post. "WE ARE NOT GOING TO START TRYING TO SHOOT AND SCORE FOR THE OTHER TEAM."
The schools, Riverdale and Smyrna, were placed on restrictive probation by the Tennessee Secondary Athletic Association because it was determined both teams tried to lose Saturday's game. 

The reason for throwing the game? The winning team would have played the defending state champion Blackman so both team was seemingly trying to set themselves for an easier next game.

Smyrna won the 'game' by a score of 55-29 but the majority of those points were scored in the final minutes. 

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