Imagine you’re a high school basketball player who’s trained years for one shot at glory before college loans, marital discord and the rest of adult life’s endless annoyances come at you fast.

Now you’re in the state championship, so close to sharing a magic moment with lifelong friends, but you find a nightmare come to life: When you step up to the free throw stripe, the basket seems a little far away; the same happens when you toe the three-point line and your shots repeatedly come up short.

The scenario sounds like a classic anxiety dream — but it was real life in Georgia this weekend after baskets for 14 state high school title games were set up one foot farther from the free throw and three-point lines than regulation distance. The games were played anyway, and authorities say what’s done cannot be undone. Read more…

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How Georgia epically botched its high school basketball state championship games