Any penalties that may result from a fight in the stands Friday night following the San Francisco high school boys’ basketball championship game at Kezar Pavilion will not be levied for days, according to the head of The City’s public school athletic league.
Academic Athletic Association Commissioner Don Collins said Saturday morning that he will not be able to fully delve into the investigation until Monday, when he can begin the process of obtaining video of the brawl and talking to school administrators. Collins wants to conduct a thorough investigation before handing out any penalties.
Following Washington High School’s 75-72 victory over Mission in the San Francisco Section title game, a fight broke out in the stands that spilled out onto the court, according to SanFranPreps.com. A crowd of 1,300 attended the city championship game at historic Kezar Pavilion.
The website reported that a fan punched a Washington player. Collins said he did not yet have details on what happened.
Police Officer Eric Chiang said there was no report filed on the incident.
“We’re going to have to interview, investigate and then take action,” Collins said.
This is not the first incident involving fans and fighting at a city basketball game this season.
Six fans and two players were suspended as a result of a brawl during a Jan. 18 regular-season game between Marshall and Lincoln.
“It took a number of days before we were able to resolve that [situation] and it will be a number of days before we resolve this,” Collins said.
Washington, which won its first section title since 1982, and Mission were already guaranteed a spot in the Northern California playoffs, which begin Monday.