Brawl forces end of NorCal high school playoff game

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SAN FRANCISCO — High tensions turned into violence on the floor at Archbishop Riordan High School on Thursday night.

Players from both benches came onto the floor, punches were thrown and the Division I NorCal quarterfinals between No. 5 Inderkum-Sacramento (28-3) and No. 4 Archbishop Riordan (22-6) had to be stopped with Riordan leading 61-52 and 1:15 remaining on the clock.

It is not known whether the game will be resumed at a later date. The winner is scheduled to play Saturday in the NorCal semifinals.

“We will wait for the report from the game officials before making any decisions,” California Interscholastic Federation executive director Ron Nocetti said in a text message.

Tension started building late in fourth quarter when Inderkum coach Fred Wilson and his entire staff vehemently protested an official’s referee’s call. Inderkum, which never had a lead in the game, thought it had forced a 10-second violation when Riordan coach Joe Curtin called a timeout that was granted by the referees.

The reaction by the Inderkum staff and fans prompted the refs to huddle and reverse the call.

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