Brawl between Pa. HS basketball teams gets both rosters suspended

December 22, 2015 / Athletic AdministrationBasketball
A brawl between two Pennsylvania boys high school basketball teams has led to a one-game suspension for each player on their varsity rosters.

The incident occurred during the third quarter of Friday night’s game between Rochester and Cornell. Players began pushing one another while grabbing for a rebound after a free throw, and from there the situation escalated. Players and coaches rushed in and some parents came down from the bleachers. The local police department helped break up the fight, which can be seen in this video:

All coaches and players involved — and there were a lot — were suspended for one game. According to The Beaver County Times, the league president will meet with school representatives in January to determine if additional punishment will be handed down.

From the article:

Sacco and the Cornell varsity team sat out Monday’s non-section game at Shady Side Academy. Cornell had enough junior varsity players who were not involved in the altercation to still play its game. Rochester will be forced to forfeit its section game against Quigley on Tuesday because it will not have enough players to play due to the mandatory suspensions.

No criminal charges were filed in the incident. The game is considered a suspended game, and if the WPIAL chooses to resume play it would pick up in the third quarter. The schools are also scheduled to play January 22 at Rochester.

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