Memorial, Dayton to finish game called early after altercation

Published 12:05 am Thursday, January 23, 2020

The District 21-5A executive committee agreed Wednesday that the referees inappropriately called Friday’s game between Memorial and Dayton high schools too early following an altercation that disrupted play.

The district will allow the teams finish the last seconds of the game on an upcoming Saturday, though the date and time hadn’t been determined.

“We’re on the free throw line, and I think we’ve got three free throws left and we’ll finish out those last 22 seconds and just play the game,” Memorial athletic director Brian Morgan said. “It was decided that the refs ended the game improperly and called the game when it wasn’t completely done. We’ve got to finish the game because that game could very well have playoff implications.”

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A number of players were suspended in the aftermath of a fight that broke out during the final seconds of the game at Dayton High School on Jan. 14. The score at the time the game was called was Dayton leading 46-44.

Morgan said Memorial and Dayton had put punishments in place and the district forwarded the details to the University Interscholastic League for final approval.

The lengths of the suspensions were based on the infractions made, though Morgan declined to specify who or how many players were affected. The UIL mandates a minimum of one game for a suspension.