Posted: 4:44 pm Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Officials ejected seven boys basketball players after a second-quarter altercation between Jupiter and Palm Beach Lakes last night and the Florida High School Athletic Association suspended all of them Wednesday.
Palm Beach Lakes guard Mark Moore, a senior, has been suspended six weeks for a Level 2 unsportsmanlike conduct violation. Markell Tillman, Lynlee Pryce and Javonte Sherrod were each given two-game suspensions.
Rams Athletic Director Don Smith planned to meet with Moore late today to discuss the penalty.
Jupiter had one player suspended for six weeks and two additional players received two-game suspensions. Warriors Athletic Director Mike Deleonardo said he has yet to review the FHSAA documents, but believes the six-week suspension is for forward Tyler Cameron.
Cameron’s and Moore’s suspensions run through Jan. 12.
The Sun-Sentinel reported that Jupiter players Derek Parchesco and Bobby Hain were ejected for leaving the bench during the incident and they are likely the two players with two-game suspensions.
The FHSAA letters to each school label the smaller penalties as “minimum two-game” suspensions, meaning they could be increased after further investigation.
With 6:08 left in the second quarter at Palm Beach Lakes, a fight ensued after Cameron was called for a flagrant foul against Rams guard Chris Minor. After the foul, Moore took a swing at Cameron, the Sentinel reported.
“It was a hard foul and then Mr. Moore was pretty aggressive coming after Tyler,” Deleonardo said after reviewing film of the incident.
“I’m always upset when we act in an unsportsmanlike manner. We take pride in sportsmanship in all sports.”
Deleonardo said he was unsure if Porchesco and Hain were actually the players who left the bench.
Smith, who was at the game, said it had been a clean contest to that point and he was surprised by the fight.
“There’s not much to say about it other than that it was a regrettable situation,” Smith said. “It pretty much came out of nowhere.”
Jupiter won the game 69-67 on Josh Schattie’s game winning shot in the final seconds.
The teams are scheduled to play again Jan. 5.
Here is the official’s report submitted to the FHSAA (transcription is verbatim, including punctuation and spelling):
In the second quarter at 6:08 on the game clock, PBL [redacted] was in transition. Jupiter H.S. [redacted] fouled PBL [redacted] the lead official (Jerry Duran) and the center official (Alvin McClinton) called JHS [redacted] with an intentional foul. As the staff was attending PBL [redacted] lying on the floor, PBL [redacted] threw a punch at JHS [redacted] but did not connect. JHS [redacted] though a punch back at PBL [redacted] but did not connect. As officials were restraining the two players fighting, official (Hector Sanchez) observed three players [redacted] from PBL leave the bench area and come onto the court but did not participate in the fight. Two players [redacted] from JHS lift their bench area and came onto the court but did not participate in the fight.