Goulding's childish act aside, I always thought if you were on your butt with no feet grounded it was a travel (which it looks like Blanchfield was calling for)?
You were always wrong.
Without putting myself up as a person of authority in regard to rules, laws, etc
Of course not, that's my job!
Here we go:
[The referee shall] Have the power to make decisions on any point not specifically covered by these rules.
The situation in question is
specifically covered by the rules. 46.13 doesn't apply.
When deciding on a personal contact or violation, the officials shall, in each
instance, have regard to and weigh up the following fundamental principles:
- The spirit and intent of the rules and the need to uphold the integrity of the game.
- Consistency in application of the concept of 'advantage/disadvantage'. The officials should not seek to interrupt the flow of the game unnecessarily in order to penalise incidental personal contact which does not give the player responsible an advantage nor place his opponent at a disadvantage.
- Consistency in the application of common sense to each game, bearing in mind the abilities of the players concerned and their attitude and conduct during the game.
- Consistency in the maintenance of a balance between game control and game flow, having a 'feeling' for what the participants are trying to do and calling what is right for the game.
That's there to allow them to ignore things that are technically illegal but don't really affect anything, or just let things go a bit at younger age levels where players aren't as skilled. That's not a licence to make rules up in order to penalise people.
The IRS rules, Article 46.12 (directly above Article 46.13, which you cited) specifically say what instant replay can be used for. Outside of the last two minutes, it's the value of a made field goal, the remaining time in case of malfunction, the identity of a free-throw shooter, or the participants in a fight.
That means they weren't allowed to go to replay at all.
Even inside the last two minutes, they're only allowed to review the above, plus shot clock violations, whether a shot was released before a foul call, or to identify the player that caused the ball to go out of bounds.
At the end of each quarter, they are additionally allowed to review whether a shot got off in time, and add time to the clock if necessary.
That's it. It was an unreviewable situation, and reviewable situations don't include fouls anyway.
Goulding was in the wrong, Giersch was in the wrong, and Russell was in the wrong.