Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Two HS basketball teams' seasons cancelled after wild brawl (VIDEO)

The Indiana High School Athletic Association cancelled the seasons for two high schools following a wild brawl in a high school basketball game that saw fans storm the court and allegedly mix it up with the players during a first quarter melee.

On a fast-break, with 5:32 left to play in the quarter, Griffith's Anthony Murphy was chased down by Hammond's Tim Echoles who delivered a hard foul — while the junior guard was in the air — that sent Murphy flying into the padded wall behind the basket.

That’s when both benches emptied, fans spilled out from the stands and all hell broke loose.

IHSAA game officials called the game while Griffith police officers cleared the gym with Griffith holding a 4-0 lead. The IHSAA ruled that the result of the game is a double-forfeit. Along with canceling the rest of the season's games, both schools will pay opponents who were to host the games a $500 fee.

Consequently, the high school careers of 11 high school seniors from both teams are now over.

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