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Saturday / April 1.
  • Montverde-Roselle Catholic game ends in brawl at Metro Classic

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    The game between national power Montverde Academy (FL) and Roselle (N.J.) Catholic at the Metro Classic on Saturday night ended in a brawl.

    Montverde, No. 4 in the USA Today poll, was playing the second of back-to-back nights at Kean University in the home state of coach Kevin Boyle against No. 11 Roselle Catholic. Montverde won the game 65-41 in a blowout with the brawl occuring near the end. It was Montverde’s last game for about two months before the GEICO High School Nationals in April in New York City.

    “After about 20 minutes of cops on court and trying to sort stuff out Montverde brought out five [reserves] and they resumed the game with just Roselle Catholic holding the ball until the clock ran out,” one person at the game said.

    Reached by phone late Saturday night, Boyle and RC coach Dave Boff both declined to comment. RC is still expected to play its game Sunday game against American History at the Metro Classic, a source said.

    The altercation began when Florida State-bound big man Balsa Koprivica of Montverde and UNLV-bound guard Josh Pierre-Louis of RC were competing for a loose ball in front of RC’s bench. The 7-foot-1 Koprivica appeared to be pulled toward the RC bench by Pierre-Louis and then responded by tossing the 6-2 Pierre-Louis into the RC bench. From there, RC’s Kahlil Whitney and Richie Greaves appeared to run at Koprivica to defend their teammate and the three players began pushing and shoving. From there the melee escalated with onlookers and security rushing toward the RC bench.

    “We got something going on here, we got a brawl here,” one of the Facebook Live announcers says. “Koprivica’s in the middle of it….This game should not continue from this point. The referees should make a sensible decision and end this game before things get out of hand.”

    The game featured two McDonald’s All-Americans in Kentucky-bound Whitney of RC and uncommitted senior Precious Achiuwa of Montverde.

    North Carolina coach Roy Williams and assistant Hubert Davis had been at the game for Achiuwa, but left shortly before the brawl.

    It remains to be seen if future suspensions are forthcoming. In New Jersey, any player ejected from a game must sit the following two games.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.