Fighting on court, in stands puts early end to PSAL Brooklyn ‘AA’ boys basketball game between Boys & Girls, Lincoln that results in 80-60 win by Railsplitters
Multiple players ejected after first-quarter brawl. Kangaroo coach Ruth Lovelace also tossed before fighting among fans finally puts end to rough day in Bed-Stuy.
By Mitch Abramson / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, February 2, 2013, 8:02 PM
Lincoln senior Elijah Davis just shook his head, trying to process what had just taken place.
A transfer from St. Patrick in New Jersey, Davis said he had never been a part of a game like this. Lincoln topped Boys & Girls, 80-60, Saturday in a PSAL Brooklyn ‘AA’ contest in Bedford-Stuyvesant that was called with 1:15 left after a fight erupted in the crowd.
Earlier, the game was marred by a first-quarter brawl involving players and fans that resulted in two players being ejected and play being stopped for over 10 minutes.
Later, Boys & Girls coach Ruth Lovelace was ejected for arguing with the referee and telling him he had lost control of the game, which it seemed he had. Boys & Girls’ highly-recruited senior Wesley Myers was also ejected for a flagrant foul.
“It was just real crazy,” said Davis, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. “This is just different. But you just have to stay focused and play through it.”
That’s what Isaiah Whitehead did just two days after he was benched for the final three quarters against Transit Tech for arguing with Lincoln coach Dwayne (Tiny) Morton. Whitehead played one of his better games of the season on Saturday, finishing with 27 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and two steals.
Morton said he and Whitehead talked after the game on Thursday and their rift had been mended.
“I just need to do my job and do more listening and do less talking with coach,” Whitehead said. “It was just a learning experience.”
The two schools, which have won the past 11 PSAL ‘AA’ titles, added another chapter in an intense rivalry. When a fight broke out with 2:22 left in the first quarter, Boys & Girls’ Courtney Solomon could be seen throwing a punch, and Lincoln’s Thomas Holley, a transfer from Christ the King, had to be restrained by school safety officers.
For several minutes, the game was delayed while school safety officers, members of the crowd and players jostled. Finally, order was restored and Kwame Asante, the public address announcer at Boys & Girls for 37 years, walked to the middle of the court and announced to the crowd that if anyone acted up, they would be escorted out and arrested.
Each team was assessed a team technical foul for the melee. Solomon and Holley were both ejected. Lovelace said that Solomon was retaliating for getting hit.
All players involved could face minimum four-game suspensions if the league decides its “brawl rule” applies.
At the start of the third quarter, Lovelace questioned why Lincoln’s Desi Rodriguez was playing, claiming he should have been ejected for his part in the melee. The officials brought both Lovelace and Morton together and ruled that no other players would be ejected.
Play resumed and Rodriguez converted a layup to give Lincoln a 45-31 lead. That prompted Lovelace to tell the official scorer that she was playing the game under protest.
Lovelace was ejected with 2:57 left and will likely sit out a game. Myers, who finished with 29 points, is also facing a suspension for his flagrant foul.
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