STAMFORD — A freshman boys basketball game between Trinity Catholic and Norwalk high schools ended with at least one person injured and a coach facing charges Friday after a fight broke out at Trinity Catholic High School.
After the gymnasium was cleared, the junior varsity and varsity games were postponed.
Several spectators at the game told a Hearst Connecticut Media reporter there was rough play on the court during the game that led to a brief fight. The remainder of the game went on without incident, but after the game a fight broke out.
While the players were participating in the handshake line after the game, one player threw a punch at another and it “turned into a brawl,” one witness said.
Once the players started to fight, parents and coaches took to the court and Stamford Police were called to the scene.
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Tom Keyes, the head coach of the Norwalk boys basketball team, was detained and spoke to a Hearst Connecticut Media reporter at the scene after the fight.
“Every time we come here there’s always an issue,” Keyes said. “There’s never security here. I did nothing.”
Typically during games there are two officers on duty during varsity games. But since the freshman game was a sub-varsity game, those officers were not on scene.
Stamford Police did not book Keyes, releasing him on a summons to appear in court where he will face charges of third-degree misdemeanor assault.
The injured player was examined by medical personnel but refused to seek treatment at a local hospital. Other than Keyes being detained and released on a promise to appear, no arrests were made.
Staff reporter Scott Ericson contributed reporting.