Illinois prep basketball player allegedly attacked by opponents while boarding bus

Illinois prep basketball player allegedly attacked by opponents while boarding bus

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Illinois prep basketball player allegedly attacked by opponents while boarding bus

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South Elgin basketball star Matt Smith alleges that he was attacked by opponents from Metea Valley following a recent game between the two teams — Twitter

South Elgin basketball star Matt Smith alleges that he was attacked by opponents from Metea Valley following a recent game between the two teams — Twitter

In the heat of one of Chicagoland’s most tight rivalries, a star player for South Elgin was allegedly attacked by opposing fans for Metea Valley during the teams’ game.

As first reported by the Daily Herald, South Elgin junior Matt “Matty” Smith was allegedly attacked shortly after the teams played to a 68-64 Metea Valley victory. His mother told the newspaper that he was preparing to board the bus when he was attacked by multiple Metea Valley players. Among other injuries, Smith reportedly suffered a nasty gash to his eye that required three stitches.

“One of our students was assaulted after the game at Metea Valley,” South Elgin Principal James Edwards told the Daily Herald. “I am not at liberty to say who the assailants were because it’s a police investigation.

“There will be a thorough follow up. Our concern is with the player and his family. I spoke to Laurie (Smith) this morning and I wished her well and Matt well. I assured her there would be a thorough investigation next week. Anytime something concerns the safety of one of our students we will prioritize finding out what happened.”

The injuries Smith suffered weren’t too serious to keep him out of competition for long, with the junior suiting up for another game on Saturday night, albeit with a bandaid conspicuously covering a cut above his eye.

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