Game between top 5 Arkansas boys’ basketball teams interrupted in third quarter by altercation – Reuters Sports News

By Kyle Sutherland | Pictures of Tommy Land

MAUMELLE — What was expected to be a must-see Top 5 matchup between No. 4 Little Rock Parkview and No. 5 Maumelle on Tuesday turned into a one-sided affair that was cut short just over four minutes into the game. second period.

Parkview led 53-32 with 3:22 left in the third quarter when talks began between senior forward Maumelle Nico Davillier, a University of Arkansas football signing, and the Parkview bench as the Patriots brought the ball into the field. When Maumelle got the ball back, there was more back-and-forth, prompting a parent to step down from the Maumelle side of the stands.

From there, things got heated, and a handful of Maumelle players came off the bench. The Parkview players huddled in front of the bench, and the coaching staff and the whole group moved to the scorer’s table, but no punches were thrown.

After the refereeing team calmed the situation, it was announced that all but three of Maumelle’s players had been sent off, prompting the Hornets to forfeit the game according to the official scorer.

Before it came to that, Parkview head coach Scotty Thurman, the former University of Arkansas basketball star, and Maumelle’s Michael Shook cordially met on the half court before the match as they bumped fists and socialized for a few seconds.

Moments later when the ball was knocked down, it was all Patriots as they had their way with the Hornets on the field and ignored the derisive chants of the home fans.

The Patriots had a 14-4 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter, forcing Shook to call a timeout with his Hornets having an uncharacteristically cold shooting night. Parkview continued to stifle the Hornets offense and went on a 49-23 break after forcing the Hornets to 12 turnovers.

During the brief minutes played in the third quarter, the shooting problems continued for the Hornets early on, but sandwiched around a Dallas Thomas dunk, Maumelle’s Jamaal Summons got two quick field goals followed by back-to-back baskets from his teammate Carl Daughtery Jr. .. giving life to Maumelle. After this flurry, however, it was almost decided that Parkview would win the game, although the fireworks prevented the game from being completely over.

UCA signings Cam Wallace and Nate Coley each had 11 points for the Patriots, and Colby Garland led Maumelle with 11 as well.

At the time of publication, there was no official word on the results from the school or the Arkansas Activities Association. Requests for comment from both schools were unsuccessful.