A brawl during a junior varsity boys basketball game between two California teams led to the remainder of the game being canceled.
According to the Riverside Press Enterprise, a hard foul in the fourth quarter of the game between Beaumont and Grand Terrace escalated into shoves and punches. Parents and fans ran onto the court and police were called. The police remained on the scene through the varsity game that followed.
“It became more escalated off the location of the fight,” Beaumont coach Joe Florence said. “Our parents were right here and them seeing what happened … after it was over our (JV) guys decided it wasn’t worth it to continue playing.”
There already was some animosity in the air because Beaumont had brought its varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams to play three games. Upon arrival, Grand Terrance did not have a freshman team so the junior varsity and varsity games were moved up.
Beaumont won the game 51-30.
“It’s a blessing our varsity guys weren’t out here to see the brawl because they probably would’ve played with more emotion than they needed to have,” Florence said. “They were self-contained in the locker room, whereas all the other people out here were fired up.”