The final outcome of a Big VIII League contest between the Santiago and Centennial girls basketball teams remains in limbo after the game was suspended following an incident involving players and spectators.
Santiago held a 73-71 lead with 2:13 left in the game played Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Centennial High School.
A video from the NFHS Network shows the altercation started after a player from each team were tangled up after a foul was called on the sideline. A couple of bumps and shoves were exchanged by players, but the incident reached a boiling point when a handful of spectators left the bleachers and came onto the court. One of the spectators can be seen being forcibly removed from the scrum and nearly wrestled to the ground.
Here is the video from the ugly fight that took place at Corona Centennial in their girls basketball game against Corona Santiago. Video is from NFHS Network. Game was not resumed. @latsondheimer @CalHiSports @Inland_Sports @CallMeEPJ @derryl_golfer pic.twitter.com/cpPF72b7eJ
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The coaching staffs for both teams managed to prevent players from leaving their benches and joining in.
On-site administrators from both schools ultimately decided to suspend the contest, and league officials are still deciding whether to resume the game at a later date or declare the game a no-contest. That decision will have an impact on the league standings. Santiago is undefeated in league play, and Centennial is a game back.