An in-game altercation during a recent holiday tournament may lead to the suspension of an undetermined number of players on the Miami High boys’ basketball team.
According to an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Stingarees were involved in a fight with players from Gainesville (Ga.) during a consolation game of the King of the Bluegrass tournament in Fairdale, Kentucky on Monday. Gainesville was leading 20-10 with 1:26 remaining in the first quarter when the incident began.
The game was then cancelled and both teams forfeited their remaining participation in the tournament.
The article stated that tournament director Lloyd Gardner contacted both state associations regarding the incident.
FHSAA Associate Director for Athletic Services Justin Harrison told The Miami Herald that no disciplinary action had yet been taken. Harrison said the FHSAA was in contact with Miami High and that any player involved in the fight would receive at least a two-game suspension. Harrison said any penalty would be carried out on an individual player basis, not an overall team suspension, once the incident is reviewed and it’s determined which players were involved.
Miami High athletic director Leonard Graham did not immediately return voice messages left by The Miami Herald.
The Stingarees (5-5) are scheduled to compete in the upcoming Junior Orange Bowl Classic which begins Monday at Ronald Reagan/Doral High School.
According to Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Committee Chairman Chuck Little, Miami High is still scheduled to participate in the event as planned. The Stingarees are scheduled to play a first-round game against Deerfield Beach Zion Lutheran Monday at 1:30 p.m.