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Multiple players disciplined after in-game-incident between Reservoir, River Hill boys basketball

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(File photo by Matt Hazlett / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

An altercation in the final minute of Friday night's game between Reservoir and visiting River Hill has resulted in the one-game suspension of multiple players from both teams.

The players in question were not allowed to play in their team's respective contests on Saturday because of their involvement in the incident. Coaches and school officials declined comment and would not release the names of the players involved, stating the issue was a disciplinary matter that cannot be discussed.

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River Hill played on the road at Long Reach on Saturday, while Reservoir traveled to face Centennial.

As for the incident in question, it occurred with just over 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and Reservoir leading 52-30. A scramble for possession on the Reservoir end of the floor resulted in a jump ball call and as bodies were being untangled, things escalated.

There were players from both teams, not checked into the game at the time, who came onto the floor as things escalated. Neither athletic department would comment on the specifics of the incident or the penalties assessed.

But, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations Basketball Rules Book, once a player leaves the bench during an on-court altercation — even if they are nonparticipants in the incident — they are to be immediately assessed flagrant fouls and ejected.

Once things settled down, officials met with the coaches at midcourt. After a brief discussion, in the interest of safety and preventing further incident, the game was called and made official without playing out the remaining time.

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