(Video via WTNH / Sportzedge.com)
The fight between the North Haven and Wilbur Cross boys basketball teams Tuesday night at Cross resulted in the ejection of two players, who will sit out their teams’ respective games on Friday.
Southern Connecticut Conference commissioner Al Carbone confirmed North Haven’s Josh Lopez and Wilbur Cross’ Darrell Stokes will also have to sit out the conclusion of Tuesday’s game, which was stopped with 3 minutes, 22 seconds left in the third quarter. On Friday, North Haven hosts Branford and Cross plays at Hamden.
The decision on when the North Haven-Cross game will resume has not been made, but both Carbone and New Haven supervisor of athletics Joe Canzanella said when it does, it will be played without fans in attendance.
“The coaches on both sides and the (security) working the game did a very good job of handling the situation. There were no further incidents afterwards,” Carbone said.
Canzanella said he was not at the game, but watched the video WTNH-8 shot “about a dozen times.” He is hoping to obtain more video.
“I couldn’t see what precipitated the pushing,” Canzanella said. “All I see is kids getting together and adults rushing onto the scene. When fans get involved, it’s an entirely different thing. That only heightens this type of nonsense, quite frankly.”
North Haven athletic director Todd Petronio offered to have a sit-down luncheon between the two teams’ captains, coaches and athletic directors. Canzanella said he accepted and something will be set up in the near future.
“We are very anxious to move forward and not have any animosity,” Canzanella said. “Competition brings out emotion. These are young people, not mature adults. These things will happen. I’m not accepting it, but we are dealing with it.”
Said Petronio: “We felt it was a great opportunity to sit down with the captains from both teams and address what occurred and ensure it does not reoccur.”
The two Oronoque Division rivals are also scheduled to play on Feb. 8 at North Haven.
“There is always added concern on a return trip after an incident,” Petronio said. “We want to put this thing to rest, then address the return game as it approaches.”