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Did technicals squash Ike's emotional edge?

TULSA  The high school basketball season has come to a close, and what a ride it was.

Three city teams  two from Eisenhower and one from MacArthur  competed against some of Class 5A's top competitors in the state tournament, and though none hoisted the Gold Ball, they provided some interesting matchups and storylines along the way.

Let's get the most publicized story out of the way first  RJ Fisher.

After throwing down what some consider the dunk of the year over Coweta's 6-foot-7 post man Andrew Keathley, the Eisenhower senior received two technicals foul, ejecting him from the game and disqualifying him from the Eagles' semifimal battle with No. 1 Tulsa Memorial.

The decision brought a storm of criticism with it, as many people took to social media platforms in protest. The hashtag '#FreeRJ' circulated around Twitter as many Ike supporters bashed the OSSAA and the official who took Fisher's, and possibly Ike's, fate into his own hands.

If you haven't seen footage of the incident, you can check out the video on our photographer Gerardo Bello's Instagram profile, gerardobellophoto.

Some called it a terrible call. Others said the ref should have his right to officiate basketball stripped.

Although I don't think one mistake warrants someone losing their job, these angry comments are understandable. After all, it did take one of the best players in the state out of the mix, compromising the 5A boys tournament in the process. To put it simply, the games at that stage should be played among the best players on each team, not one less.

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