A fight broke out with approximately 5 minutes left in the Rocky Hill-Newington game Thursday night at Rocky Hill. The game was suspended and will resume next week.
A joint statement by both town’s superintendents, Pam Muraca from Newington and Mark Zito from Rocky Hill, was released on Friday afternoon. Part of it is below:
“…An on-court altercation occurred with roughly 5 minutes left in the contest. A number of spectators left the bleachers in an attempt to intervene. The game officials, school staff members from both Rocky Hill and Newington, and the Rocky Hill Police Department resolved the situation very quickly and all spectators were returned to their seats. No injuries were sustained. In order to maintain safety and order, the game was suspended and all spectators were sent home.
“Any student-athletes involved in unsportsmanlike conduct will be disciplined in accordance with CIAC regulations once the game officials have had the opportunity to submit their report.”
Rocky Hill coach Josh Dinerman confirmed that there was one ejection from each team. He would not divulge who the players were, but neither will play in the remainder of the game or the next one, as CIAC rules stipulate. Newington hosts New Britain next Tuesday and while the Rocky Hill player sits tonight (Friday) against Lyman Memorial.
“It was an intense game and things got a little heated,” Dinerman said. “The situation got resolved and we will resume play next Wednesday.”
The game will resume at 4 p.m. No fans will be allowed into the game. Newington leads Rocky Hill 50-45.