The NBL has conceded it made the incorrect call to slap Sydney Kings forward Kouat Noi with a flop warning and technical foul in a chaotic semi-final between the Kings and Taipans on Friday night.
The crucial call against Noi came with just two minutes remaining in a heated match in Cairns, which saw the Taipans level the semi-final series at 1-all following a 93-82 victory.
The Kings bench star had an accidental head clash with Taipans forward DJ Hogg as the pair battled for possession.
Noi was hit with a flop warning and a technical foul, despite walking away with a broken nose.
The referees’ decision prompted Kings coach Chase Buford to verbally hit out at the officials before he made the choice to leave the game before he was ejected.