A girls' high school basketball game ended in confusion and controversy after the three referees ran off the court following a highly contested decision at the end of the game.
With a place in the state championships at stake, Celina trailed Argyle by just one point with 4.8 seconds left in the Texas 3A Girls' Region II final, when the bizarre incident took place.
Celina's Kynese Davis ran up the court and heaved a final three-point shot, but was grabbed by an opponent and fell to the court.
The whistle blew for what many, including both groups of players, believed was a foul — meaning Celina would have three free shots and an easy chance to win.
But as the Argyle players appeared to prepare for defeat, the three referees ran off to the side of the court and signaled the end of the game, much to the outrage of Celina players, coaches and fans.
At the end of the game Celina principal Bill Hemby asked for an explanation but the referees refused to comment to a tournament representative, leaving coaches unable to explain exactly what had just happened, reported WFAA.com.
Video from the game suggests the referee puts his arm up for a foul, while the footage shows time was not up on the clock.
School officials complained to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and asked for the opportunity to shoot the three free throws.
The UIL however has said a protest based on the referee's decision "will not be considered."
A UIL spokesman later said: "The call made by the officials at the end of the Argyle vs Celina girls basketball 3A regional championship final was a judgment call.
That explanation wasn't good enough for his dejected team, said Celina coach Jordan Davis.
"To walk into that locker room and not be able to give them an explanation of what happened and some type of closure, that's probably one of the hardest things I've ever done," he said.