Last 3 seconds:
Courtesy of The Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland
IOC Historical Archives / International Federations - Basketball - Correspondence - 1961-1975
Statement of the table officials
CITY OF DUESSELDORF
CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Before me, Norman A. Singer, Vice Consul of the United States of America at Duesseldorf, Germany,
duly commisioned and qualified personally appeared Klaus Meyer, Horst Baumert, Manfred Meiser, and Hans J. Tenschert,
who being duly sworn, deposes and says as follows:
Our names are: Klaus Meyer, Horst Baumert, Manfred Meiser, and Hans J. Tenschert
and we reside at Dusseldorf, Oberhausen, Wuppertal and Dortmund, respectively, hereby state that in respect to the USA-URS basketball during the Olympic games the following:
Three seconds before the end of the game, the referees noticed s foul had been committed against player No. 5 of the USA. Es was awarded two free throws. When the ball had been handed over for the second free throw, the Soviet coach asked for a time out. The coordinator sounded the horn, but since the ball had already been handed over, the referee didn't permit a time out. The second free throw was successful and the ball was released by the referees. The ball was then put into play by a Soviet player. Two seconds of the playing time passed, then the game was interrupted by the referee with one second left to play.
After the bell was put into play by the Soviets after the second free throw, Referee Righetto interrupted the game and was standing on the side of the court opposite the scoring table. He took a referee's time out since he saw that team officials of both the Soviet and American teams were coming toward the scoring table from their benches and were blocking the view. Although they did not obstruct our view of the game, evidently Referee Righetto thought they did. Righetto came running across the court toward the scorer's table and at the same time Dr. Jones came from the rear to the scorer's table and held up three fingers to signal that there were still three seconds to be played in the game. Then Dr. Jones gave the order to the Longines' technicians to reset the time clock to three seconds. We want to emphasize clearly again that the order to reset the clock to three seconds was given neither by the referees nor by the official table, but only by Dr. Jones.
While the Longines' technicians were resetting the time clock, the referee gave the ball to a Soviet player to put into play, which was too early since the time clock wee still not reset and no time control was possible at that particular time. When the timekeeper noticed this, he sounded the horn at length in order to signal the referees that the game could not be resumed at this time since the clock was not yet completely reset. However at this time, the referee stopped the game since the ball was already in play again.
When the clock was actually set back to three seconds, the ball was released anew and brought into play the normal way. After a long throw in, the Soviet player caught the ball just underneath the US basket and with a jump shot put the ball into the basket. At this point there was one second left to play. The Americans were unable to bring the ball back into play in time.
Because we do not agree wit points 1 c) and d) of the Argumentation and Supplementary remarks of the official communique of FIBA, which do not correspond with the facts, we see ourselves compelled to clearly describe the last three seconds of the game.
And further deponent saith not
/Signature/ Klaus Meyer, coordinator
/Signature/ Horst Baumert, timer
/Signature/ Manfred Meiser, 30 seconds timer
/Signature/ Hans J. Tenschert, scorekeeper
Subscribed and Sworn to before me this 16th day of September 1972
/Signature/ Norman A. Singer, American Vice Consul, duly commisioned and qualified