Q:  If a player shoots the ball before the game clock expires, and as the ball is in a downward movement towards the basket, after the clock expires, the opposing player swats the ball away before the ball makes contact with the basket, is this a goal tending violation or a dead ball?

A: This would be goaltending. Per rule 31.2.1. Goaltending occurs during a shot for a field goal when a player touches the ball while it is completely above the level of the ring and:  It is on its downward flight to the basket. The fact that the game clock sounds to end the period does not negate the goaltending violation.
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