IHSA officials encourage sportsmanship

By WEEK Producer

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- As the games continue, IHSA officials are hoping cooler heads prevail at this weekend's boys state basketball tournament.

That didn't happen last Saturday at the Civic Center.

An especially poor display of sportsmanship left a blemish on the last weekend's 2A tournament and that has the IHSA working to make sure it never happens again.

After Seton Academy of South Holland lost to Harrisburg, Coach Brandon Thomas would not allow a second-place medal to be placed around his neck and later, he tossed it aside. His team also left the floor before the second-place trophy could be awarded to them.

Thomas has since been placed on leave by his school.

During the game both coaches were rather demonstrative about the officiating.

The whole episode was a first for the IHSA and one high-ranking IHSA official said there could very well be consequences for one or both schools.

"We're investigating the situation still. We've had some good dialogue with the schools that were involved last week, the floor officials, and we're trying to gather all of the information that we can. At some point there will be a ruling that will be made and at that time we'll notify folks of that," said IHSA associate executive director Kurt Gibson.

Gibson said he does not expect any problems this weekend but, just to make sure there won't be a repeat, they have instructed game officials not to cut coaches and players any slack if it seems like they are crossing the line.

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