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Arguments bring early end to Hixson-E.Hamilton basketball game

By David Carroll

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A series of arguments brought Tuesday night's Hixson-East Hamilton High School boys basketball game to an early end.  In the 3rd quarter, with East Hamilton leading 44-33, a verbal altercation between fans broke out in the stands, resulting in the suspension of play. 

Eight Hixson High players left the bench to go into the stands, and as a result have been dismissed from the team.

According to Hamilton County schools communications director Danielle Clark, "The fans at the game got excited and two parents (one from Hixson and one from East Hamilton) got into a verbal argument. Fans around the pair moved in to see what was going on. One of the parents was the father of one of the Hixson players. The player left the court to go see what was going on with his dad. Several other players followed. The game official forfeited the game and everyone left."

She continued, "There was no physical altercation and no injuries that I am aware of.  Students involved from both schools were disciplined appropriately in accordance with board policy and TSSAA regulations ranging from suspension from school, suspension from a game and/or removal from their respective sports team.  I am unaware of any arrests."

Eyewitnesses who did not wish to be identified had described the scene as a "brawl," with multiple confrontations and punches thrown.  However, a spokesperson for the Chattanooga Police Department said she was not aware of any arrests, or a police report.

The dismissals removed more than half the team from the Hixson boys' roster.

Athletic director Brian Bray called the event "unfortunate." He said while there was no physical contact made by the players, the used extremely poor judgement in entering the stands.

The Wildcats took a forfeit in last Thursday's scheduled game at Soddy-Daisy while officials sorted out the details of the altercation. The team will play out the remainder of its schedule with the seven players left on the roster.

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