The longest game in the history of national deaf basketball
tournaments was the result of a mistake!
In the 1963 national tournament, Los Angeles Ephpheta
defeated District of Columbia in five overtimes.
It should have never taken place. The organization
bylaws said that if the score was still a tie at
end of first overtime, then sudden death rule
takes effect with second overtime. For some reason
tournament officials overlooked that rule and
allowed the game to continue.
The final Los Angeles winning score was 73-70,
and most of the starters on both teams played
much of the game with no relief.