Prep Boys Basketball

IHSA hands out double forfeit to Farragut, North Lawndale

Posted: Mar. 9, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Mar. 9, 2019 11:30 pm

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- The Illinois High School Association handed out a double forfeit to the Chicago Farragut and North Lawndale boys basketball teams after a brawl broke out late in the fourth quarter of Friday night's Class 3A sectional championship game.

No team from the North Lawndale Sectional will advance to Tuesday's super-sectional, which was scheduled to be played at Sears Centre Arena. DePaul College Prep, which won the Grayslake Central Sectional, earns a forfeit victory and advances to the final four in Peoria.

IHSA executive director Craig Anderson made the decision to forfeit both teams Friday night after talking with the site manager and game officials, who suspended the game after the brawl took place in the final minute with Farragut leading 56-50.

NBC Sports Chicago posted video of the incident.

Following a missed shot by North Lawndale, Farragut appeared to have a breakaway dunk when the Admirals player was fouled at the rim. He was undercut by another North Lawndale player and fell to the floor. A teammate came to his defense and the brawl ensued with both benches emptying and fans getting involved in what Anderson termed a "melee."

Officials sent both teams to their locker rooms, cleared the gym and consulted with IHSA officials on how to proceed.

"Safety is the highest priority," Anderson told WRMJ radio. "With the information we had, we called the game final."

Anderson issued a statement Friday night, which was posted to the IHSA website.

"These are never easy decisions to make, but we believe it is the correct one," Anderson said. "It is vital that we continue to send the message that incidents like this at high school contests will not be tolerated. They are unacceptable in society, no less a high school sporting event."

Anderson also said the IHSA will review video of the incident and conduct interviews with those involved before levying more penalties. He expects more disciplinary action to come.

Neither Farragut coach William Nelson nor North Lawndale coach Carlos Tolliver commented on the incident.

This is the second time in the last four seasons North Lawndale has been involved in a double forfeit in the postseason.

In the Class 3A sectional semifinals in 2015, a brawl erupted at the end of North Lawndale's 70-62 victory over Chicago Marshall. The game was played at Chicago Westinghouse and both teams were disqualified, handing a sectional championship to Westchester St. Joseph.