SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — South Haven High School canceled its Tuesday, Jan. 8 varsity basketball game against Dowagiac after a "large fight" broke out at a game on Dec. 21 against Paw Paw.
In doing so, the team is forfeiting the game. South Haven said that the players involved in the fight are going to be disciplined.
Police said that about 70 people were involved in the fight. After a foul at the end of the court, players started shoving each other. This prompted players from both benches to enter the court, and bystanders also came out to either join the fight or try to break it up.
The fight didn't last long, but multiple police agencies responded.
South Haven's superintendent Kevin Schooley posted a statement about the forfeited game on the school's website:
"South Haven High School varsity basketball players involved in the incident on December 21, 2018 will be disciplined consistent with MHSAA and local athletic code guidelines. We do not condone or support this kind of behavior and we have worked with our student athletes and coaches. In addition our team has met with the Paw Paw basketball team to discuss how athletes need to support one another in the spirit of healthy competition."
The Dowagiac game would have been South Haven's first varsity basketball game since the Dec. 21 fight broke out.
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