The director of the National Christian School Athletic Association said a benches-clearing altercation in the title game of its girls basketball tournament in Erie, Pa., between Potters House Christian (Jacksonville) and Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) showed a case of misplaced values.
No punches were thrown, but Saturday’s game was declared a double disqualification in the fourth quarter after arguments broke out with Potters House, No. 4 in the USA TODAY Super 25 rankings, leading No. 22 Riverdale Baptist 68-50.
“It’s definitely the first time it has happened to us,” said NCSAA director Nate Hartman. “We’re just not recognizing a champion. … As Christians we do believe that we bear the name of Christ. Obviously, behavior like this and actions like this are not in line with the spirit of the God whose name we bear. We should expect more of ourselves. I hope this is something that causes the schools and even the organization to ask how we could have done our role differently.”