Punishments handed out in SC high school basketball brawl

January 31, 2014 

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Friday night high school basketball between Gaffney and Boiling Springs was marred by a bench clearing brawl halting the game for several minutes. The short brawl is broken up by fellow players, coaches and the Sheriffs officers.

JOHN BYRUM — Spartanburg Herald-Journal

The S.C. High School League is handing out punishments Friday — a week after a huge brawl at an Upstate high school basketball game.

The SCHSL suspended eight Gaffney players for two games and two more for three games. Program also on restrictive probation for one year, the (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal reported on Friday.

The SCHSL suspended one Boiling Springs player five games and three more two games. Program also on one year restrictive probation, the (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal reported on Friday.

Here is the original story on the game from the (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal:

A second-quarter, bench-clearing brawl marred what turned out to be one of the most wildly entertaining basketball games in area history. Playing short-handed as a result of the fracas, No. 4 Gaffney rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to pull out an 83-81 overtime win in a Region II-4A game Friday night at Boiling Springs. With the Bulldogs leading 33-25 with 5:14 left in the half, a stare down between opposing players on a tie up resulting in a jump ball quickly turned from a shoving match into punches thrown between both teams. The game was delayed nearly 30 minutes as security, administration and officials sorted the situation. A few fans were ejected from the gymnasium for involvement, followed by an announcement from Boiling Springs principal Chuck Gordon that anyone from the stands that came on the court during or after the game would be arrested. After order was restored, referees ejected both benches and Gaffney starter Hasten Mullinax, leaving only the players in the game at the time of the brawl eligible to finish the game. Boiling Springs finished with five players, while Gaffney had four. “There was a jump ball called, and then a couple of guys got nose to nose,” Gaffney coach Mark Huff said. “I don’t know who pushed first, but when there was a push all heck broke loose. … It was ugly. It’s nothing we’re proud of.” “It looked like it got a little tangled up inside,” Boiling Springs coach Ashley Browning said. “I’m not going to speculate on who I thought it was. One of our guys got thrown to the ground, another one got shoved to the ground. That’s when I left the bench to control my players, and next thing I know both benches are in there.” Boiling Springs (6-11, 1-7 Region II-4A) led 46-31 at the half. Gaffney (15-2, 7-1) battled back to tie it at 59 on a Shaq Davidson 3-pointer to end the third quarter. Davidson then put the Indians ahead 62-59 on another 3 to begin the fourth quarter. The teams traded points until Davidson knocked down a pair of free throws for a 72-70 lead with 15.8 seconds left in regulation. Daniel Thompson sent the game into overtime on two free throws with 1.4 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs also held a significant advantage with five players on the floor to Gaffney’s three after Hyleck Foster fouled out to send Thompson to the line. L.J. Peak and Davidson also had four fouls against them going into the overtime period. Peak later scored the game-winning basket on a layup with 6.1 seconds left in overtime for an 83-81 advantage. Boiling Springs had the final shot and nearly got help from Peak as he deflected the inbound pass, which bounced off the rim as time expired. Peak led all scorers with 37 points, while Davidson finished with 23. “We just still had to play our game and keep our cool,” Peak said. “We just had to contest shots without touching them (and getting the fifth foul).” “I’ve never seen five on three,” Huff said. “We finished a game at Carson-Newman one time with five on four, but nothing like this. I don’t even know what to say. It’s a credit to our kids for not giving up, for battling. Gaffney kids are just special.” Mason Sanders led Boiling Springs with 30 points, while Jared Wallace and Collin Reed finished with 21 and 14 points, respectively. “We stopped playing to win and started playing not to lose,” Thompson said. “We really just started playing selfish.” Both Huff and Browning said they will have to watch game film to determine if suspensions could be handed down by the South Carolina High School League. By league rules, any player that throws a punch during a game is handed an automatic two-game suspension. Gaffney posted a 64-41 win in the girls game.

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