Ware Shoals, Tamassee-Salem brawl could have and should have been avoided
Friday, February 14, 2014 12:00 AM
The Jan. 31 postgame fight involving Ware Shoals and Tamassee-Salem high schools' boys' basketball teams was a nightmare.
Instead of shaking hands, they traded fists.
Fans got involved, and it ventured from Ware Shoals’ 600-capacity gym and into the parking lot.
The fallout was stunning with 11 arrests.
Fans and law-enforcement officials were injured.
Five Ware Shoals players were suspended. Four from Tamassee-Salem.
People aren’t talking about the thrilling game, which Tamassee-Salem won by one point.
Media from the Southeast — and even in New York City — are talking about just the fight.
This can’t happen again. And here’s how to stop it:
Let the game officials determine if postgame handshakes should happen.
If there are no obvious signs of tension building between the teams toward the end of the game, let them exchange postgame handshakes.
If there is tension and signs of a possible postgame fight, don’t let them shake hands
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