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D-League upholds Flash protest

Published January 13, 2009 11:21 am

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NEW YORK -- The National Basketball Association Developmental League has upheld a protest by the Utah Flash, which was filed after a 104-102 loss at Colorado on Dec. 26.

As a result of the successful protest, the final 25.2 seconds of the Flash-14ers game will be replayed prior to the next scheduled game between the two teams on April 10 at the McKay Events Center in Orem.

According to the league, the protest was upheld because the official scorer made a mistake.

With 25.2 seconds left in a 102-102 tie, Utah's Billy Walker committed a foul. The official scorer ruled it was his sixth foul and he was disqualified from the game. In fact, the foul was only Walker's fifth and he should have been allowed to stay on the floor.

The mistakes happened when the official scorer incorrectly gave a second-quarter foul to Walker that was actually committed by teammate J.R. Giddens.

The protest is the first allowed by the NBA D-League in its eight-year history.

Because the protest wipes away the loss at Colorado -- at least temporarily -- the Flash's record is 9-7 heading into Tuesday night's game at Sioux Falls.