A high school basketball playoff game in the Oklahoma City area devolved into near farce when fans of one team were ejected twice during the fourth quarter, one who entered the court and another entire section that threw popcorn on the opposing bench.
As reported by The Oklahoman, Edmond North’s 84-70 6A regional playoff victory against Moore featured two different ugly incidents focused on Moore fans in the fourth quarter. First, an unnamed Moore fan rushed on to the court and shoved Edmond North coach Terry Evans during an injury break on the floor for a Moore player. That fan was immediately ejected, but that wasn’t the last time that Moore fans would allegedly cause a disturbance; according to the Oklahoman, an entire section of Moore fans was then ejected when someone in that section allegedly hurled popcorn on the Edmond North bench.
The two incidents led to two technical fouls assessed against Moore, with all six free throws converted by Edmond North players. Those six points helped extend the team’s lead and put away a game that had previously been in question.
“It’s kinda unfair for the kids to get into a situation where we had a chance to beat the No. 1-ranked team in 6A and some errant things that happened up in the stands affected us as a team,” Moore coach Gregg Hardin told The Oklahoman. “I’m very disappointed in that, but I am very proud of my kids. We could have just laid an egg and got beat. I was really proud of them for the effort.
“But hopefully our fans will learn. I know things are going crazy and stuff in a wild, really good game. That really hurt us.”
For Edmond North, the victory is a victory, regardless of how it came. As for the Moore athletic department, there was no initial indication that the school would be punished in any way for the actions of its fans, at least beyond the embarrassment that followed the playoff loss.