Parents Cry Foul on Triplet Free Throw Swap

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A close boys' basketball game is under review after video appears to show one team using triplets to its advantage.

According to USA Today, parents at Licking High School say videos posted to Twitter and Facebook appear to show opponent Dora High School swapping free throw shooters during a close game between the two Missouri schools at Saturday’s Cabool Holiday Tournament championship. 

The swaps went unnoticed by the referees because the boys were two of the three triplets playing for Dora.

Video of the swap shows No. 34, Auston Luna, being fouled in the corner. But before he gets to the free throw line, one of his triplet brothers takes his place — either Mason Luna or Bryson Luna. Auston Luna then goes to the bench to talk to his coach, Rick Luna, who is also his father and Dora High School's principal.

According to Josh Murray, who shared two videos of the incident, a referee told him the swap could have happened at least four times during the game.

Dora went on to win the game 64-62.

Murray says the move was cheating and blames coaches and refs for not catching it while it was happening.

"The ref should have caught it," Murray said. "But I also think the coach planned it out and the boys knew what was going on, too. It's upsetting the integrity of the sport."

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