Playing to lose

Playing To Lose
Two Tennessee high school basketball teams have been banned after allegedly attempting to throw a game in order to avoid top-ranked team in upcoming tournament play.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WSMV) Two Tennessee high school girls basketball teams have been banned from postseason play after allegedly throwing a game.

Officials with the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association said both teams played to lose.

“I haven’t seen this happen in the 20 years I’ve been here,” said Bernard Childress, executive director of the TSSAA.

Smyrna High School played Riverdale High School in a consolation game on Saturday.

A referee noticed something unethical on the court from the beginning, according to Childress in a letter to Rutherford County administrators. He reported slow play, intentional turnovers and line violations.

The referee said players were even being instructed to shoot in the opponent’s basket.

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