Updated 6:30 p.m. on 3/12/2015
CHICAGO (CBS) — The handshake line at the end of a boys’ basketball playoff game erupted into an all-out brawl Wednesday night, with fans rushing the court to join a fight between the two teams.
There was a cost for the melee. The boys basketball teams at North Lawndale College Prep and Marshall Metro High School will each have to serve a three-game suspension, it was announced Thursday. North Lawndale will have to forfeit a sectional title game against St. Joseph, while Marshall’s suspension will begin next season.
By all accounts, it had been a physical game between two intense rivals Wednesday night, as North Lawndale beat Marshall in the 3A sectional playoff at Westinghouse College Prep High School. When the two teams lined up to shake hands, they began exchanging heated words, and soon players were throwing punches.
The teams’ fans soon joined the brawl.
Witnesses said it started when a player was punched in the face while standing in the handshake line, and the stands quickly emptied.