The South Carolina High School League began review of the Gaffney/Boiling Springs benches-clearing fight during Friday night's game Monday morning.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -
Gaffney basketball coach and athletic director Mark Huff told 7 On Your Side Tuesday afternoon that the South Carolina High School League has yet to announce to his school and Boiling Springs the punishment it will hand out as a result of a benches-clearing fight during Gaffney's 83-81 overtime win at Boiling Springs Friday night.
The delay is the result winter weather in Columbia forcing the early depature for home by the league official overseeing the penalties combined with postponement of Gaffney's scheduled game tonight at Mauldin.
A significant number of player suspensions on each side is expected based on National Federation Of High Schools rules as well as those by the state governing body.
Huff said Monday night that he plans to sit 10 varsity players for Tuesday night's game at Mauldin, including stand-outs L.J. Peake and Shaq Davidson. Huff said suspensions of more than one game are likely, although he doesn't know for how many of his players. As a result, for that next game against Mauldin (tentatively scheduled to be made up Wednesday night) he'll dress just four varsity players and fill-out his roster for the contest with players from the jayvee squad and potentially one freshman.
Skip Lax, the SCHSL official who handles ejections, told Huff Tuesday afternoon that two bench players, that Gaffney initially feared they would have to suspend for coming onto the floor during Friday night's fight, will not face suspension.
Boiling Springs sat-out 10 players Monday night in its game against Riverside in order to avoid having to later forfeit the game, a scenario Gaffney would have faced had they played Tuesday night with out yet receiving a ruling from the SCHSL.
Skip Lax, who handles ejections for the SCHSL, met with officials from both schools Monday morning at the SCHSL offices in Columbia. Lax tells 7 On Your Side they reviewed each team's game film and he also received reports from the game officials on the incident as well as getting each school's side of the story.
Huff says the video attached to this story was also viewed in the meeting.
Each team's bench cleared Friday when when a shoving incident on the floor triggered the melee. By rule, players leaving the bench were not only ejected from the game but are likely subject to a minimum one-game suspension.
Review of the game video will also likely lead to additional suspensions.
As a result of Friday night's mass ejections, Gaffney played with just four eligible players after the incident and with three in overtime. Boiling Springs had only five eligible players remaining and was reduced to four when one fouled-out late in overtime.