Prep team suspended from playoffs after brawl breaks out at game

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CHICAGO --A Chicago high school basketball team has had to forfeit its spot in the playoffs after a brawl broke out at their game Wednesday night.

The fight broke-out after North Lawndale beat Marshall last night at Westinghouse College Prep. The fight was captured on video.

Some players apparently exchanged words in the handshake line and that sparked the altercation.

Thursday evening, CPS suspended North Lawndale and Marshall for three games.

As a result, North Lawndale will not play in the next round and St. Joseph automatically advances.

IHSA released a statement Thursday saying, “The events that occurred last night at the IHSA Boys Basketball Sectional at Westinghouse High School between the teams and fans from Marshall High School and North Lawndale High School are unacceptable in society, no less a high school sporting event. The IHSA fully supports the Chicago Public Schools decision for North Lawndale to forfeit the IHSA Sectional final, advancing St. Joseph (Westchester) to the Super-Sectional round. This was not an easy decision to make, but we believe that it is the correct one. Chicago Public Schools and the IHSA are sending the message that incidents like this at high school contests will not be tolerated. We will continue to work with the Chicago Public Schools, Marshall High School and North Lawndale High School on how we can prevent future instances like this from occurring.”

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