PROVIDENCE HIGH — The boys' basketball playoff game Friday night between host Providence High and New Roads was halted with 2:09 remaining in the fourth quarter when a fight between players escalated with fans and coaches pouring on to the court and becoming involved in the fracas.
When order could not be restored, the officials called the game and Providence was credited with a 57-43 victory.
The ugly incident took place in a CIF Southern Section Division IV-A second-round game between the No. 1 Pioneers and No. 16 Jaguars. In what had been a physical game throughout, the referees had problems controlling the rough play.
However, things got out of control late in the fourth when Providence's Jonathan Ly committed a hard foul on New Roads' Keylan Jandoo-Baker. Both players began to throw punches and teammates from both sides became involved. As the players were continuing to scuffle, fans from both sides, beginning with the New Roads contingent, left their seats and also became involved in the fight. Some fans grabbed players, while the officials were left powerless to deal with the situation.