Posted: 11:40 pm Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Basketball: FHSAA changes Jupiter suspensions 

By Jason Lieser

After reviewing film of the on-court altercation between Palm Beach Lakes and Jupiter, the Florida High School Athletic Association reassessed its suspension of three Warriors players, coach John Andersen said.

The biggest change was reducing forward Tyler Cameron’s suspension from six weeks to three. Cameron will now be eligible to play Dec. 23.

Cameron and Palm Beach Lakes guard Mark Moore both initially received six-week penalties.

“They said they exchanged punches, but the film shows they didn’t,” Andersen said.

The FHSAA also suspended Derek Parchesco and Bobby Hain two games each for leaving the bench during the altercation, but those have been rescinded. Andersen said Hain and Parchesco never left the sideline and were incorrectly listed on the officials’ report. Instead, the FHSAA has now suspended senior Chris Lee and junior Joe Falciano, who Andersen said are the correct players, for two games each.

Parchesco and Hain already sat one game as part of their initial suspension. Lee and Falciano missed Tuesday’s game against Santaluces.

Andersen was glad to see Cameron’s punishment reduced, but said it is hard to find anything positive about the incident.

“I’m disappointed in the whole situation,” Andersen said. “I wish it never happened.

“It affects two good teams that have had a good rivalry. It taints it.”