There are 20.8 seconds remaining in the game. Your team trails, 58-54, after battling back from a 14-point deficit.
A blocking foul is whistled on one of your players.
The frustration finally got to Foothills Christian coach Brad Leaf.
Leaf channeled his inner Jim Boeheim and was slapped with a technical.
The Knights mentor’s outburst at the officials differed from that of the Syracuse coach, who was famously double T’d and ejected late in a loss to Duke last week.
Leaf, unlike Boeheim, was not wearing a coat when Leaf came onto the court.
Sweetwater then converted three free throws and ran out a 61-54, Division III semifinals victory over the Knights, who, adding to Leaf’s game-long unhappiness, blew several opportunities to oust the undefeated, 28-0 Red Devils.
A vocal crowd of about 2,000 nearly filled the hosts’ gym and they saw coach Jesse Aguirre’s swifties race to leads of 7-0 and 23-9.
T.J. Leaf, the coach’ 6-foot, 8-inch sophomore son, had a good line, 22 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, and four assists.
But Leaf missed 6 of his first 7 free throws and could not get several point-blank shots to go down as the very short Red Devils, like a pack of swarming bees, harassed their taller opponents.
Leaf fouled out with 3:03 left in the game with the Knights lagging, 55-47. Foothills manned up and closed to 57-54 but could get no closer.
Sweetwater’s Spencer Mattox scored 29 points and rebounded, dished, and stole in a pell-mell performance. Mattox also mockingly preened for the Foothills crowd after he drained an NBA-distance prayer at the third quarter buzzer, increasing the Sweeties’ lead to 48-38.
Foothills surprisingly, and to Leaf’s dismay, was assigned a fourth seed in D-III, guaranteeing that it would have to meet the No. 1 Red Devils before the championship game, which now matches Kearny and Sweetwater Friday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Leaf’s week thus began and ended on sour notes.