They just don't call 'em like they used to

Tom Batters They just don't call 'em like they used to


“Get their hands off!”
That was a frequent command from Eureka High School boys basketball coach Tim Meiss during a loss to state-ranked U-High Friday night.
Meiss would holler at the referee as U-High players repeatedly laid hands on the Eureka guards as they brought the ball up the floor or swung it around the top of the key.
The referees didn’t pay much attention, though.
Apparently, “hand checks” are not that big of a deal in high school basketball anymore.
A few times, a U-High player would extend both hands and use the Eureka player to get his balance on defense, or a player would swipe a hand to the body as a Eureka player tried to dribble by.
Meiss wasn’t the only coach to have an issue with the officials last week.
Eureka girls coach Jerry Prina was repeatedly frustrated with the “jump ball” calls during a win over state-ranked Bloomington Central Catholic Thursday.
If one of his players (mostly senior Kayla Bryant) got a legitimate blocked shot, the officials would instead call for a “jump ball.”
“It’s girls basketball, so everything is a jump ball,” Prina said to one of the officials.
Enough of the officials, though.
The girls’ win over BCC was one of the most dramatic, exciting games I’ve seen in a long time.
It had everything: Big shots, defensive stands, heroic individual efforts and a Hollywood ending.
The win completed the sweep if the Saints, who came into the game ranked in the top 5 in the state at 19-4 overall and 9-2 in the Corn Belt Conference.

Speaking of big games, they don’t get any bigger than tonight’s boys game between state-ranked Washington and Metamora, which is tied atop the Mid-Illini Conference. Get there early (game starts at 7 p.m.). The gym will be packed.