Two entire Pennsylvania boys’ basketball rosters, including the coaches, reportedly received a one-game suspension and maybe worse after a brawl broke out in the third quarter of a heated sectional rivalry game.
The fight occurred when a whistle led to a skirmish between two opposing players from Section 1-A rivals Cornell (Coraopolis, Pa.) and visiting Rochester (Pa.). Other players on the floor joined the melee, and teammates from both benches soon followed. Referees, coaches, school officials, police and parents from the stands all attempted to pull players from the fracas. The Beaver County Times has the full video.
Every single player was thrown out of the game, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. As a result, both rosters were suspended for one game due to Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association rules. According to The Times, Cornell played its scheduled game against Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh) with a team of junior varsity players and without head coach Bill Sacco. However, Rochester is forced to forfeit Tuesday’s game against Quigley Catholic (Baden, Pa.), because not enough JV players are available.
“It seems that since all of the players from both benches left the bench to come over and help their teammates out, they are all thrown out from the game,” Sacco told the Post-Gazette. “The WPIAL will determine what we’re going to do. I didn’t even see what happened.”
Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League officials plan to meet with administrators from Cornell and Rochester on Jan. 6 to determine any further punishment, per The Times. Nobody was injured and no one will face criminal charges from the incident, the Post-Gazette reported. The WPIAL could also call for the game to be resumed at a later date, starting with the foul shots resulting from the foul that led to the brawl. The two teams are also scheduled to play in Coraopolis again on Jan. 22.