Update, 2 p.m.: No arrests were made after the brawl at the Landry-Walker and McDonogh 35 basketball game Tuesday night, the New Orleans Police Department said Wednesday.
No one was seriously injured in the fight, NOPD spokesman Tyler Gamble said. EMS was called to the scene on an unrelated medical problem.
The New Orleans Advocate reported late Tuesday that two arrests had been made.
Update, 9:30 a.m.:
LHSAA Executive Direct Eddie Bonine called a brawl at the Landry-Walker and McDonogh 35 basketball game Tuesday night "very frustrating," and he said neither school would be allowed to participate in games until a full investigation is completed.
Bonine spoke Wednesday morning on ESPN 104.5's Culotta & The Prince radio show. He said he has reviewed some video and is collecting reports from officials, the schools and eyewitnesses, hoping to "sort all this through" as quickly as possible.
He said his first impressions included this question: "What are we going to do about this type of behavior? It's not acceptable." He said once the facts are gathered, any action taken by the LHSAA would be "by the book, by the rule."
Bonine said the fight appeared to involve fans who crossed the line and become "fanatics."
"You think you could go to a high school game, sit there, pay your ... admission to get in, watch the game and go home with your kid. There's no room for this. It's just frustrating, very frustrating," he said. "Luckily, there wasn't a weapon in that facility."
Recently, a fight between the Amite and Bogalusa football teams after a playoff game fight resulted in the LHSAA booting Amite from the high school playoffs. Bonine released a video after that incident, spelling out the penalties for fighting and other displays of poor sportsmanship.
Tuesday night’s game between Landry-Walker and McDonogh 35 started as a memorable showdown between two of the best basketball prospects in Louisiana, but it ended about as ugly as possible.
After the final horn sounded, a melee commenced on the court that involved players and people from the stands. It lasted for over 10 minutes before police broke it up.
Landry-Walker (6-3) walked away with a 75-60 win over the Roneagles.
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Neither coach chose to comment on the incident.
After both teams started slow first quarter in the first quarter, McDonogh 35 guard Dejon Jarreau and Landry-Walker guard Lamar Peters started putting on the show that everyone was waiting for inside the packed Landry-Walker gym.
Jarreau and Peters combined for 21 points in the second and had three different moments when one scored and the other immediately responded on the other end.
The Roneagles (9-3) led 22-17, but Landry-Walker responded with a 10-0 run that gave them the momentum and a 27-22 lead.
Both teams exchanged runs to end the quarter, but Landry-Walker took a 37-33 lead into halftime.
Peters finished with 29 points and three assists. Jarreau, a Massachusetts commitment, also had 29 points, with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.
“Coming into this game, I knew me and (Jarreau) were two of the top guards in the state,” said Peters, a Mississippi State commitment. “We just wanted to come out and have a nice competitive game, put on a show for the crowd. Me and my teammates came up with some huge plays at the end.”
Landry-Walker coach Brian Gibson added, “Obviously, (Jarreau) with his height is a tough cover, but (Peters) showed (Tuesday) night why he is the best guard in the state.”
While Jarreau and Peters were the main event going into Tuesday’s game, it was the Landry-Walker’s defense that clinched the win.
The Charging Bucs took a 52-49 lead into the fourth quarter, and Gibson decided to throw a 2-3 zone at the Roneagles, which frustrated Jarreau and allowed the Charging Bucs to take control.
Landry-Walker began the fourth with a 14-5 run that extended its lead to 66-56 and never looked back from there.
“One of (Jarreau)’s weaknesses is he doesn’t like shooting (jumpers),” Gibson said. “It was only a matter of time before we put the zone in to see if he can make some shots. Instead, he kept trying to force his way into the lane, and I think that threw off his rhythm a little bit.”
Landry-Walker center Cameron Lard, an Iowa State commitment, and McDonogh 35 center Brison Gresham, a Massachusetts commitment, have both been held out of all their teams' games thus far and are waiting on eligibility rulings from the LHSAA to play this season.
Both Gibson and Sanders said there is no timetable yet on the when the LHSAA’s decision will come down.