The Carver A&T; and Chesapeake boys basketball teams will each forfeit two games this week as punishment for a fight involving numerous players during a game at Carver A&T; last Friday, Baltimore County coordinator of athletics Ron Belinko confirmed yesterday.
Carver A&T; (3-4) will forfeit home games against Towson today and Pikesville on Friday. Chesapeake (5-1) will forfeit its home game today against Dundalk and its away game at Sparrows Point on Friday.
"There will be tremendous repercussions that the schools are sorting out now," Belinko said. "When you have an outbreak like Friday night, we have to send a strong message that we won't tolerate it."
The fight broke out with 1 minute, 48 seconds remaining in the game and Carver A&T; leading. Belinko said he doesn't know how the fight started.
Belinko said the game was ruled a "no contest," meaning that neither team gets a win or a loss on its record. He also said county rules stipulate that if a player throws a punch, he is automatically suspended for the season, and if a player leaves the bench area during a fight, he is suspended for the next game.
Which players were involved in the fight was not immediately known. Chesapeake athletic director Rodney McMillion declined to comment, and calls to Chesapeake principal Maria Lowry were directed to the Baltimore County Public Schools Information Office.
Calls to Carver A&T; athletic director Lori Brewer and principal Karen Steele were not returned.