The LHSAA will hold a sportsmanship hearing Tuesday at 1 p.m. to address the North Caddo boys basketball players who walked off the court late in a 66-56 double overtime loss to Madison Prep in last month’s 2A semifinal.
Josh LeBlanc drove to the basket for a monster dunk with about a minute left to put the Rebels on the ropes, and a controversial intentional foul call on the play erased any hopes of a comeback. During the free throws that extended the lead to 62-56, three North Caddo players, including star senior an Texas A&M signee Robert Williams, walked off the court towards the locker room and threw their jerseys onto the bench.
That led to a technical foul and more free throws for Madison Prep, who would go on to beat Riverside in the state championship two days later. After the final buzzer, several players refused to come back out and shake hands with Madison Prep until North Caddo coaches intervened and persuaded the Rebels to get in line.
LHSAA spokesman Jacob Doyle said it’s difficult to predict exactly what punishment the LHSAA could hand down, since the rulebook doesn’t provide any specific guidelines. However, he said it’s likely the decision to be made Tuesday by Assistant Executive Director Keith Alexander — who serves as the judge — and three executive committee members would affect the team rather than individuals.
North Caddo coach Ron Meikle declined to comment when reached by phone Monday afternoon.
Hearing to be held for Simsboro, Stanley fans
Simsboro principal Rusty Farrar will also be headed to Baton Rouge to discuss an incident involving Stanley fans during the Class B quarterfinal between the two schools.
Simsboro coach Josh Brown declined to comment other than to say Stanley fans rushed the court and caused officials to end the game in the final minute with the Tigers leading by 11.