Overflowing tensions between fans and officials at a varsity boys basketball game between Lower Lake and visiting Middletown led to an abrupt end to the contest Friday.
According to the Lake County Record-Bee, principals from the opposing schools agreed to end the game with 20 seconds left in the first half because of a chaotic scene unfolding in response to the officiating. At the time, Middletown was leading the North Central League I contest 32-19.
Six technical fouls were levied against the hosting Trojans over the course of the first half, leading to ejections of head coach Tim Biasotti and player Izzac Carver.
Middletown coach G.J. Rockwell told Brian Sumpter of the Bee that “there were fans coming out of the stands, there was a lot of yelling, a lot of confusion. The last thing you want to do in that situation is see a player get hurt.”
According to Sumpter’s report, it was the second technical against Biasotti, which is an automatic ejection and came late in the first quarter, that sent the home fans into a frenzy.
“The ref kept raising his voice at me,” Biasotti said. “I asked, ‘Why are you talking to me like this.’ He told me saying ‘you’ (to him) is disrespectful. I swear to you my tone was normal. I was really, really confused and still am.”
His ejection fueled a physical contest between the players over the remainder of the game, but both coaches were adamant it was nothing unusual and there is no animosity between the two teams.
The result was scored as a forfeit by Lower Lake.
JV Boys Basketball
St. Helena 63, Fort Bragg 44
The Saints overcame a five-point, first-quarter deficit with suffocating defense in the second quarter Tuesday night in St. Helena.
After halftime, it was a balanced scoring effort that led to a 37-18 advantage over the final two quarters.
Playing well for the Saints were Caleb Granados (12 points), Ryland Campos (11 points), Emmet Bowen (eight points), Caleb Jeske (seven points) and Tucker Battistini and Will Garrett each scored six points apiece.
College Men’s Basketball
Krill leads Wesleyan
Nathan Krill was the top scorer for Wesleyan University (Middletown, Connecticut) as the Cardinals won two games last week.
Krill, a Justin-Siena graduate who is from St. Helena, scored 24 points and had six rebounds in a 74-65 win over host Bowdoin in Brunswick, Maine Saturday.
Krill had 17 points, 10 rebounds and two assists in an 87-71 win over Colby on Friday in Waterville, Maine.